The two new combined cycle power stations will each consist of two 250-MW gas turbine generators and one 250-MW steam turbine, driven by a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) harnessing heat from the gas turbine cycle. Talkha is the site of a major fertiliser works. At Kureimat, 100 kilometres south of Cairo, a two-by-600-MW steam turbine power station was built in the early 1990s with finance from the US Agency for International Development.

The two new plants will be in addition to ongoing projects for four 750-MW combined cycle power units, two at Cairo North and two at Nuberiya (MEED 18:10:02).

The consultant on the new schemes is the local/US Power Generation Engineering & Services Company (PGESCo).