Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 17 January 2011 – The government of Egypt has revealed that it is to issue a tender for its nuclear power plants in about two weeks’ time, and bidding companies will be given six months to prepare and present their offers.
Reuters reports that the Arab world’s most populous country is aiming to shift away from oil and gas to other sources, and has said it wants to build four nuclear plants by 2025, with the first to start operating in 2019.
“The tender should be out by the end of January and is now being reviewed by the state council,” electricity and energy minister Hassan Younes told Reuters in an interview in the UAE capital.
Officials hope the new nuclear programme will add capacity of up to 4 000MW by 2025.
“We have received interest for the bid from companies in all parts of the world including France, the United States, China, Russia and Japan,” said Younes. “The winner of the bid will be announced by the end of July or beginning of August 2012,” he added.
The ministry had invited several firms for consultancy and project briefings, including French nuclear reactor maker Areva, engineering group Alstom and Westinghouse Electric Company, the U.S.-based unit of Japan’s Toshiba. In 2009, Egypt signed a deal with Australia’s Worley Parsons for a nuclear power consultancy.