Ayoun Moussa power station

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The Ayoun Moussa power station (also known as Oyoun Mousa power station) is a proposed 2,640-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Suez, Egypt.

Location

The map below shows Suez, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background

In April 2014 an amendment to Egypt's environmental law permitted the use of coal for cement production and electricity generation. In the wake of the amendment, private power cmpanies from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UAR, and Egypt began developing offers to develop coal plants.[1]

In September 2014 a memorandum of understanding was signed between Abu Dhabi-based Al Nowais Investments and Egypt's state-run power company Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) for a 3,960 coal-fired power station. The plant would be built in Ayoun Moussa in the Suez area with plans to build a jetty for importing coal. At the time of the MoU there was no timeframe for when the plant would be built, although Al Nowais said the consortium aimed to complete a feasibility study by the end of the year.[2]

In March 2015 Egypt and Al-Nowais Investments Group signed a US$4.5 billion (ZAR62 billion) agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company to construct a 2,460MW coal-fired power plant in the Suez region.[3]

In September 2016, Mohamed Shaker, minister of electricity and renewable energy, said that technical and financial negotiations completed and the Ministry of Electricity is in the final stages of completing the agreement with Al-Nowais. A maritime quay that will receive the imported coal is a closed container in order to reduce emissions, in accordance with the environmental requirements of the World Bank. According to Shaker, the plant will be completed in 2020.[4]

In January 2017 the Ministry of Energy informed the cabinet that the project was being delayed until the 2022-2027 economic plan. According to sources within the Ministry of Energy, Egypt currently has 4,000 MW of excess power, and that figure will rise to 8,000 MW with the completion of new plants in the New Administrative Capital, Borollos, and Beni Suef,[5]

Financing

Al Nowais will provide 70 percent of the capital, and said there were discussions with investors in Singapore, South Korea, China and Egypt to fund the remaining 30 percent of the plant. HSBC is the financial advisor for the project.[2]

Coal source

Coal would be sourced from international markets such as South Africa, Indonesia and others.[2]

Opposition

Egyptians Against Coal is a Facebook campaign opposition the April 2014 change to Egypt's environmental law that would allow coal imports, opening the door to coal use in cement and to multiple coal-fired power plants proposed by overseas power companies.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Al Nowais Investments and Egyptian Electricity Holding Company
  • Developer: Technimont (Italy)
  • Location: Ayoun Moussa, Suez, Egypt
  • Coordinates: 29.966667, 32.55 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross Capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-4: 660 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start date: 2022-2027
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported (India and South Africa)
  • Source of financing: Al Nowais (70%)

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