Nile hydroelectric plant set for 2017 completion
Egyptian government project to provide 32MW of energy to region
A project to build a tidal barrage and hydroelectric power plant on the Nile Rover is expected to be complete by 2017, according to a major supplier to the project.
Cemex’s Egyptian operation is supplying cement to the development and revealed in a statement that the project is expected to generate 32MW of energy and also improve the irrigation to a landmass of about 6,475km², the equivalent to eight times the area of New York City.
The project, which is funded by the Egyptian government, is also expected to provide water and clean, renewable energy to the 5 neighbouring cities of Assiut, Minya, Beni Suif, Fayoum and Giza.
In addition to the hydroelectric plant home to four 8 MW turbine generators, the project will have a sluiceway with eight 17 metre wide radial gates, a double chamber ship, and an 11 metre tall embankment dam. It will also see a section of the Nile River deepened in order to mitigate any potential rise in water levels in Assiut and neighboring areas.
Furthermore, 6,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the entire span of its construction.
Sergio Menendez, CEMEX president in Egypt, said that the company’s association with such a beneficial project for the people of the country was a great source of satisfaction.
“CEMEX is very proud to be a part of this project that will improve the well-being of the people of Egypt for many generations,” says Menendez.
“We strive to contribute to the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate, through innovative and value-added building solutions. The construction of this massive barrage will allow the people of Egypt to have access to a new clean, renewable energy source.”
Ahmed Korrat, resident engineer of the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, commended the work of the cement supplier on the project.
“We are very pleased with CEMEX’s expertise and the high quality of building materials provided, which are important elements of many major projects in the country.”
A tidal barrage is a dam-like structure that captures energy from the tidal forces of masses of water such as bays or rivers. Instead of damming water on one side, a tidal barrage allows water to flow into a bay or river during high tide, and releases the water back during low tide.