The opening of three ma­jor power plants in March was the latest in Egypt’s efforts to end its electric­ity shortage crisis.

The three power plants were designed and constructed by the German electronics manufacturing giant Siemens at the cost of $6.4b. Each plant will produce 4,800MW of electricity annually at peak operations, reported The Arab Weekly.

Cairo University’s Power Engineering Professor, Gamal al-Qaluibi, said: “Huge work is being done in this country to end the problem. In less than two years, the government managed to end electrical power shortages and even pave the road for surpluses,” informed United Press International.

When in full operation by 2018, as expected, the three electrical power plants, one in the central province of Beni Suef and the oth­ers in the new capital being built on the outskirts of Cairo, will produce 14,000MW of electricity every year.

Electricity Ministry’s Spokesman, Ayman Hamza, stated: “Our plan includes a diversification of electricity sources. The plan aims to end electricity outages for good and secure needs for many years to come.”