Egypt is preparing to select Saudi Arabias Acwa Power to develop its 2,250MW Dairut independent power project (IPP) very soon, according to a representative of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC).
Speaking at the Egypt Energy Investment Summit in Cairo on 17 February, Fouad Mohamed Mansour, head of private power plants sector, Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), said that negotiations with Saudi developer were entering the final stages and that the developer would be appointed very soon.
MEED reported in March 2015 that Acwa Power was the only bidder to submit a proposal for the IPP, which has an estimated value of $2.5bn.
The combined-cycle Dairut project is regarded as a key scheme for Egypts development, representing the largest IPP tendered to date and also the first one in the market since the late 1990s. At the EEDC, the Electricity & Energy Ministry revealed it was planning for $25bn of the total $70bn of total investment required in the power sector in the period up to 2022 to come from the private sector.
Three build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) IPPs started up in the early 2000s, each comprising two steam turbine units of about 340MW. The first was undertaken by Intergen, a developer then affiliated with the US Bechtel, and Italys Edison at Sidi Krier, east of Alexandria. Two more followed, in Suez and Port Said East, carried out by Frances EDF International.
Intergen sold its stake in Sidi Krier soon after start-up to US-based Globeleq, which acquired 100 per cent control in 2005, when it bought the stake held by Edison. Two years later, Sidi Krier changed hands again when a partnership of Malaysias Tanjong and Saudi Arabias Jomaih Group bought the Middle East and North Africa assets of Globeleq. In 2010, Tanjong consolidated its position in Egypt by buying the Suez and Port Said East plants from EDF for $307m, although it maintains its interests through Egyptian Operating Company.
In 2009, the government revived plans for private sector involvement in the power sector and EEHC issued a tender for a build-own-operate combined-cycle plant at Dairut.
EEHC received 19 applications for the prequalification phase, one of which was approved. By the time of the revolution in January 2011, the government had yet to conclude agreements with legal and financial advisers, and there was no progress with the scheme until early 2013.