Egypt completes El Tebbin Power Project

Construction and commissioning of Egypt’s El-Tebbin power plant has been completed.

The plant, which consists of two idential units of 350 MW, has been put into commercial operation and has passed the reliability test.

Performance tests for both units were successfully concluded in December 2010. The objectives of the El-Tebbin Power Project for Egypt are to assist the Government of Egypt (GoE) in enhancing energy supply in a sustainable manner and strengthening the power sector performance. Of the total $259.60mn amount of loan requested from the World Bank, $220.22mn had been disbursed by April 8, 2011.

A delay by the contractor responsible for the mechanical equipment and pipe installation and the delay in preparing the final list of required spare parts caused a delay in the delivery of spare parts under a related contract for supply and installation of the steam turbine generator, financed by the World Bank loan.

Further delays in supply and installation of steam generator and auxiliaries including start up and commissioning resulted in disbursement during January, February 2011 as a result of Egypt’s political crisis. Because of the delay, an amount of $20.1mn (or 7.8 per cent of the loan) was expected to have been withdrawn after the original closing date of April 30, 2011 to cover spare parts that are to be delivered also after the original closing date.

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