Egypt needs to expand its electricity grid to accommodate for urban sprawl, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, said recently, according to Amwal Al Ghad.

The minister noted that the sector is encountering challenges in the generation, transportation, and distribution of electricity.

In order to overcome these challenges, the ministry  is looking to increase the country’s power supply to reduce the gap between electricity generation and demand. It plans to increase electricity generation by 3,632 megawatts (MW) to ensure a sufficient supply to meet peak summer requirements.

Electricity supplies have stabilized as temperatures have fallen and as the power plants have received the necessary fuels—whether mazut or natural gas. As a result, Egypt’s power plants are now generating electricity non-stop, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

Households consume 42% of the country’s electricity with manufacturers consuming another 30%, Amwal Al Ghad previously reported.