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The 2,400-MW Ataqa (also called Attaqa) pumped storage project is being built in Egypt. Ataqa will be located on Attaqa Mountain in Suez.
The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy has awarded multiple contracts to develop this project. They include Artelia in consortium with AF Consult Switzerland as owner’s engineer and Sinohydro as the EPC and finance contractor.
Specific details on the configuration of this facility have not been released. It is not clear how many turbine-generator units will be installed in the powerhouse nor what specific civil work will be completed.
Artelia says Ataqa “will support the Ministry’s plans to diversify the energy sources in the country and will also help meet the growing electricity demand in the region in order for Egypt to benefit from energy produced from new and renewable sources and to be able to store this energy to be used when needed.”
In March 2017, Mohamed Osama with the Hydro Power Plants Executive Authority of the ministry, which is developing this project, said the cabinet allocated the required land for building the project. The development had been licensed and the authority had received the security and environmental approvals.
Ataqa is expected to cost US$2.6 billion and take about seven years to build, with an anticipated 2024 completion date.
And watch for an article on pumped storage in the March issue of Hydro Review.