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A consortium comprising Siemens and El Sewedy Electric T&D has signed a contract with Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the construction of six state-of-the-art substations in the North African country
Located at El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut and Kafr El Zayat governorates, the 500/220kV substations will transmit power generated by the new Siemens-built power plants in Beni Suef and Burullus into Egypt’s power grid.
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. 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.
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. 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 expands on the MoUs announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) held in Sharm El Sheik in March 2015.
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 the country — Burullus, New Capital and Beni Suef.
Each power plant will be powered by eight Siemens H-Class gas turbines. 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 GW of electricity generation to the national grid to create an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy mix in support of sustainable economic growth for Egypt, the company added.