Egyptian thermal projects accelerate, but renewables lag behind

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Issue 302 - 12 Jun 2015 | 7 minute read

Political pressure to avoid a repeat of the power cuts that preceded the overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi’s administration in July 2013 and which continued during the 2014 summer peak load period is driving forward energy sector policy, with a heavy roster of emergency thermal generation projects lining up to fill the capacity gap. Energy sector sources in Cairo tell of how President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called one of his now-famous and, for Egypt, unusual, 7am cabinet meetings last year at which he told electricity minister Mohamed Shaker to ensure that no more blackouts occurred during summer 2015 or later.

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