Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia post­pone set­tling ten­ders for elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion to next year

“Cesi” hired as a new project con­sul­tant af­ter TGS com­pletes tasks

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hamed Farag

Egypt and Saudi Ara­bia have de­cided to post­pone open­ing the fi­nan­cial en­velopes of the ten­der for the lines and trans­mit­ters of the elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion project be­tween both coun­tries to next year.

Sources in the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity told Daily News Egypt that four com­pa­nies have made their fi­nan­cial of­fers. They in­clude Siemens, State Grid, and oth­ers. Open­ing the en­velopes was post­poned to 25 Jan­uary of next year based on the de­sire of the Saudi side and in co­or­di­na­tion with of­fi­cials of the Egyp­tian Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion Com­pany (EETC).

The sources added that the min­istry has con­tracted with the Span­ish consulting of­fice “Cesi” in or­der to de­ter­mine the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions and the nec­es­sary tech­nol­ogy for the equip­ment, as well as train­ing Egyp­tian and Saudi work­ers and hav­ing a vi­sion for the elec­tric­ity ex­change agree­ment.

The sources said that of­fi­cials in EEHC will hold a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day with a con­sul­ta­tion of­fice to agree on stan­dards and con­trols for work over the up­com­ing pe­riod.

The com­pany has ear­lier con­tracted with Trans Grid So­lu­tion Con­sul­tants in or­der to put for­ward the spec­i­fi­ca­tions and vi­sion for the elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion project; how­ever, the as­signed tasks were com­pleted, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial in EEHC.

The win­ning com­pany in the lines ten­der han­dles es­tab­lish­ing an air line of a length of 450 km from the Badr trans­former plant to the Mafateh Nabaq plant. In ad­di­tion, there will be an air line of 850 km from the Mafateh to Sharq Al Mad­ina plants, pass­ing by the Tabuk trans­former plant.

The win­ning com­pany also man­ages the es­tab­lish­ment of two cur­rent trans­former plants, in ad­di­tion to a ma­rine ca­ble in Nabaq on Egyp­tian land.

The sources said that Price Means Com­pany won the elec­tric ca­bles ten­der with Saudi Ara­bia af­ter com­pet­ing with Nor­we­gian Nex­ans.

Ital­ian Price Means will also con­nect the Mafateh plant with land ca­bles in Egypt and Saudi Ara­bia, in ad­di­tion to a mar­itime ca­ble of 500 kV through the Gulf of Aqaba with a length of 16 km.

The sources ex­plained that the trial op­er­a­tion of the elec­tric con­nec­tion with Saudi Ara­bia was sup­posed to start in 2019 to ex­change 3,000 MW at peak times.

The cost of the project is es­ti­mated at $1.6bn, with $600m al­lo­cated for the Egyp­tian side.The Kuwaiti Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Fund fi­nances it, to­gether with the Arab Fund for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank, in ad­di­tion to the self re­sources of EETC.

The win­ning com­pany also man­ages the es­tab­lish­ment of two cur­rent trans­former plants, in ad­di­tion to a ma­rine ca­ble in Nabaq on Egyp­tian land

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