Egypt signs Siemens consortium for 6-substation deal

Thursday, Dec 24, 2015

A consortium comprising Siemens and El Sewedy Electric T&D has signed a contract with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the construction of six state-of-the-art substations.

Located at El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut and Kafr El Zayat governorates, the
500/220 kV (kilovolt) substations will transmit power generated by the new Siemens-built power plants in Beni Suef and Burullus into Egypt’s power grid, said a statement.

Wolfgang Braun, senior executive vice president, Energy Management, Siemens Middle East, said: “A reliable electricity supply is essential to drive sustainable economic growth in Egypt, and we are proud to be supporting the country’s development with advanced technology for an efficient, safe and robust power distribution network.

“These substations will integrate the new, highly-efficient power plants from Siemens into the grid, and enable Egypt to accommodate increasing demand from domestic and industrial customers.”

The contract will see Siemens design, engineer, supply, install and commission the new substations, which will include gas-insulated switchgear, transformers and control and protection equipment, said the statement.

All civil and electro mechanical work for the projects will be completed by El-Sewedy Electric T&D, and the construction of the substations will match the implementation timeframe of the Beni Suef and Burullus power plants, it said.

The order expands on the memorandums of understanding announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) held in Sharm El Sheik in March.

The substations form a key element of the Egyptian government’s plan to upgrade and increase the capacity of the country’s national grid. As part of this strategy Siemens and its local partners are also constructing three highly efficient combined-cycle power plants in Egypt – Burullus, New Capital and Beni Suef.

Each power plant will be powered by eight Siemens H-Class gas turbines, which have been selected for their high-output and record-breaking efficiency. Siemens will also build up to 12 wind farms in Egypt, comprising approximately 600 wind turbines.

In total the Siemens power projects will add 16.4 gigawatts of electricity generation to the national grid, using highly efficient natural gas and renewable technologies to create an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy mix in support of sustainable economic growth for Egypt.

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