Egypt to Construct Solar PV and Desalination Plants in 7 African Countries

  • The Arab Industrialization Organization, a structure owned by the Egyptian government, has announced its intention to build solar power plants in seven African countries.

The Arab Industrialization Organization (AOI) is an Egyptian state owned company that employs approximately 16000 people, including 1250 engineers, in the manufacture of military and civil materials. The company has announced that it will launch solar power plants in Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia and Southern Sudan, with capacities ranging from 2 to 4 megawatts (MW).

The design, financing, construction and operation of the plants will be carried out by the AOI. The projects will produce electricity plus also desalination plants in the targeted countries. The initiative also benefits from a grant from the Egyptian government to the tune of USD 12 million.

Egypt is leading in solar energy with examples

Egypt boasts one of the most progressive renewable energy programs in Africa which has seen one of world’s biggest solar parks come to fruition. The Benban solar complex located in the city of Aswan in south eastern Egypt is one of the largest of its kind in the world at 1.65 Gigawatts and is set to be completed by year end. Read more

Egypt also recently commissioned the 200MW Suez wind farm. Read more

A second 252 MW wind project recently achieved financial close. Read more

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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