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North Africa: Electricx in Cairo is growing

With demand for electricity rapidly growing in Egypt, the Electricx, taking place from 3-5 December 2017, provides a unique setting for the latest equipment and services from the generation, transmission and distribution, lighting and renewable sectors to be featured.

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Located on the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is Africa’s largest city, as well as the largest city in the Arab world
The 2017 edition of Electricx will be one of the largest in the 27-year history. The event will be truly international, with the capability to cover more than 15,000 sqm, it boasts a gathering of more than 10,000 power distributors, retailers, consultants, government representatives, electrical engineers and purchasers from all over Egypt and North Africa. Electricx takes place at Cairo International Convention Centre.

Egypt moves from electricity deficit to sufficiency

These days there are a lot of things happening in Egyption power generation. The opening of three major power plants in March was the latest in Egypt's efforts to end its electric­ity shortage crisis. “Huge work is being done in this country to end the problem”, said Gamal al-Qaluibi, a power engineering professor at Cairo University. “In less than two years, the gov­ernment managed to end electrical power shortages and even pave the road for surpluses.”

When they are operating fully in 2018 as expected, the three electrical power plants, one in the central province of Beni Suef and the others in the new capital being built on the outskirts of Cairo, will produce 14,000 megawatts of electricity every year. In 2013, Egypt produced 24,000 MW but 29,000 MW were needed to bring light to all households, make factory machines run, power equipment at hospitals and bring energy to farmland.

Before the government was actively asking the public to economize on electricity consumption, turn off air conditioning and do without half of the light bulbs at home. However, consumption rationalization did not reduce daily outages, which sometimes brought hospital equipment to a standstill.

The three power plants that opened in March were designed and constructed by a German manufacturer at the cost of $6.4 billion. Each of the plants will produce 4,800 MW of electricity annually at peak operations. The plants are only a small item on Egypt’s plan to achieve electricity sufficiency in Egypt. “Our plan includes a diversifica­tion of electricity sources”, said Ayman Hamza, spokesman for the Electricity Ministry. “The plan aims to end electricity outages for good and secure needs for many years to come.”




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