Technical Assistance on Pumped Storage and Solar Thermal Technologies in Egypt

When: 2000

Where: Egypt

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To provide assistance to strengthen the technical development of the Hydropower Plants Executive Authority (HPPEA) and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) in Egypt in environmental assessment for pumped storage technology and the development/operation of solar thermodynamic plants
  • To complement the specific training seminars in Cairo with hands-on site training at member plants in Europe

When: 2000

Where: Egypt

What: Developing Technical Skills

At the request of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Egypt, we developed a technical assistance program to strengthen the technical development of two institutions belonging to the Ministry: the Hydropower Plants Executive Authority (HPPEA) and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). The HPPEA was looking for technical training on environmental assessment for pumped storage technology, while the NREA wanted to focus on technical assistance on the development of renewable energy in particular solar thermodynamic plants. The program consisted, for both institutions, in a combination of specific training seminars in Cairo and hands-on training on specific member plants in Europe.

The first technical workshop on pumped storage hydropower plants took place in Cairo from January 25-26, 2000. Led by a group of GSEP member experts, the seminar was attended by 26 technicians and managers from HPPEA and focused on the technical, economic, and environmental aspects important to pumped storage hydropower plants. The training was completed with site visits of selected HPPEA participants to three different hydropower plants in Europe in Italy and France in May 2000, allowing Egyptian experts to directly get in touch plant managers and operators during their daily duties.

The second technical workshop aimed at NREA was held from March 5-8, 2000 in Cairo to a group of 16 Egyptian experts on the fundamentals of solar thermal technologies. Topics ranged from the collection and analysis of solar data, evaluation of solar potential, review of technologies and discussions on existing plants and facilities to the layout of solar plants and their operation and maintenance, performance and economics. The technical program for NREA was complemented with a 3 week hands-on training for two Egyptian experts at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria in Spain in June 2000, giving trainees invaluable technical experience from engineers in charge of the facilities on site.

“I would like to express my appreciation for your sincere support. The organized seminars and training sessions both in Cairo and Almeria were very useful and successful to our staff.”

Eng. Sami Zannoun, Executive Chairman, New and Renewable Energy Authority, Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Egypt

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Enel
  • Southern California Edison
  • Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Egypt
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