KfW has stepped up its lending to the local power sector recently. The agency has agreed to finance the foreign portion of an estimated $1 million contract to upgrade thermal power plants at Abu Qir, Ataka and Damanhour, for which bids are due on 23 December. The environmental upgrade project is divided into three packages, which involve monitoring wastewater usage, overhauling instrumentation and control systems and supplying and installing environmental testing systems at the three facilities.

Discussions between KfW and EEHC are also under way over possible funding for three small hydrolectric power stations with combined output of 25 MW, which would be located on the Nile at the Delta Barrage near Cairo.