French gas incumbent Gaz de France (GDF) hopes to build two new combined cycle gas plants over the next few years, according to the firm's CEO.

The company’s chief executive Jean Francois Cirelli told reporters in Egypt that GDF intends to develop a production capacity of some 2,000 megawatts, a sizeable increase on its current 800 megawatts.

Mr Cirelli said that the two new construction projects were currently being assessed, but that he hoped a final decision on the first of the two plants would be reached in 2006. Two possible locations are being evaluated, at Fos-sur-Mer in southern France, and Montoir de Bretagne in the west of the country.

Mr Cirelli was speaking at the official opening of a new natural gas liquefaction station near Alexandria, Egypt.