Egypt is mulling over establishing a new ‘giant’ coal-fired power generation plant in Safaga, a town located on the coast of Red Sea.

The proposed power station’s capacity would be over 1,950MW and plans are to import part of the coal required at the plant from abroad, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.

Electricity and energy minister Mahmoud Balbaa had reviewed alternatives to secure fuel needed to operate power stations so as to meet demand for energy.

Earlier, the ministry informed that it has completed the preparation of a Request For Proposals (RFP) and related other specifications to build the country’s first nuclear power project.

Implementation of the nuclear project is likely to begin this year, and the power plant is expected to come on line by 2020.