Siemens to strengthen Egypt’s na­tional grid Com­pany to build two new sub­sta­tions in Delta re­gion for EETC

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

In a new move aimed at im­prov­ing the re­silience of Egypt’s power grid, the Egyp­tian Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion Com­pany (EETC) has awarded Siemens a con­tract for the con­struc­tion of two sub­sta­tions. These will be used to trans­mit elec­tric­ity from the Bu­rul­lus power plant, set to be­come the world’s largest com­bined cy­cle sta­tion, to the pop­u­la­tion. When com­pleted the Bu­rul­lus plant, lo­cated at Kaft El Sheikh Gover­norate, will sup­ply up to 15 mil­lion Egyp­tians with re­li­able elec­tric­ity.

The two new sub­sta­tions are Sa­manoud and Aboul Matameer will en­able power de­liv­ery to Egyp­tian homes as well as dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries lo­cated in the Delta re­gion. They will also help in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the na­tional grid, which is a key re­quire­ment to foster eco­nomic growth as de­fined by the goals of Egypt’s vi­sion 2030.

Ga­mal Ab­del Rahim, Chair­man of the Egyp­tian Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion Com­pany (EETC), said: “To en­able more re­silient, ef­fi­cient and re­li­able power sys­tems, Egypt needs to en­hance the coun­try’s trans­mis­sion lines to ac­com­mo­date the in­crease in power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity. This is why the EETC has been re­defin­ing the con­ven­tional ap­proaches to up­grade the grid in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try.”

As part of the agree­ment, Siemens will be re­spon­si­ble for the de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, sup­ply, in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of the two new 500/220-kilo­volt (kV) sub­sta­tions that will be de­liv­ered on a turnkey ba­sis. This in­cludes gas-in­su­lated switchgear (GIS); power trans­form­ers; con­trol sys­tems as well as pro­tec­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment.

Emad Ghaly, CEO of Siemens Egypt, said: “An ef­fi­cient and ro­bust elec­tric­ity net­work is an es­sen­tial part of Egypt’s vi­sion to drive long-term eco­nomic growth. We are pleased to build on a trust­ing re­la­tion­ship with EETC to boost grid in­fra­struc­ture.”

The fast-track pro­ject is be­ing ex­e­cuted in a con­sor­tium with El Sewedy Elec­tric for the con­struc­tion work of the sub­sta­tions. Com­ple­tion is sched­uled within 15 months from sign­ing the con­tracts. Once con­structed, the sub­sta­tions are set to be­come one of the largest turnkey sub­sta­tions ever sup­plied to the na­tional grid.

Ghaly added: “The two news sub­sta­tions will not only de­liver more elec­tric­ity to more homes, lo­cated near Alexan­dria and Kafr El Sheikh Gov­er­norates, but also sup­port the fo­cus on in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion by pro­vid­ing re­li­able power sup­ply to en­ergy-in­ten­sive in­dus­tries. They will feed power to ce­ment, oil and gas and petro­chem­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties as well as on­go­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment projects in the Delta re­gion.”

Egypt out­lined an am­bi­tious tar­get of de­vel­op­ing 54 gi­gawatts (GW) of ad­di­tional gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity by 2022 to ac­com­mo­date its rapidly-grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and eco­nomic ex­pan­sion. To help the coun­try meet this grow­ing de­mand, Siemens has been an­a­lyz­ing Egypt’s en­ergy sys­tem, car­ry­ing out a “Trans­mis­sion Net­work Study”. In part­ner­ship with the Egyp­tian Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Re­new­able En­ergy, the study will in­clude the ex­ist­ing, as well as the ex­pected in­creases in Egypt’s power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity un­til the year 2025. Siemens has been a de­vel­op­ment part­ner to Egypt for over 115 years. The com­pany is set to boost Egypt’s power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity by 45 per cent come 2018 through its mega projects. To date, 50 per cent of the sub­sta­tions in the coun­try are built by Siemens tech­nol­ogy, im­prov­ing na­tional grid sta­bil­ity and re­spon­sive­ness.

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