Egypt to acquire Kuwaiti loan for power project with Saudi Arabia

electricity cairo IanMuttoo flickrThe electricity linkage project targets to exchange around 3,000MW of electricity between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. (Image source: Ian Muttoo/Flickr)Egypt has announced that Kuwait has agreed to loan the North African country around US$100mn to fund the electricity linkage project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) will transfer the loan in the next few days and all the arrangements between the Egyptian and Kuwaiti parties have been finalised, according to sources.

The Kuwaiti Cabinet approved the presidential decree regarding the loan agreement between Egypt and KFAED, according to a statement released last week. The agreement was signed in Cairo in November 2015 aiming to fund electricity linkage between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The electricity linkage project targets to exchange around 3,000MW of electricity during peak hours to meet the demand on electricity.

Peak hours in Saudi Arabia fall during the afternoon and after sunset in Egypt with an interval of at least three hours between the respective hours.

The project is based on linking the two grids from Badr substation in Egypt to East Medina substation in Saudi Arabia, passing through the Tabuk substation in Saudi Arabia. The project covers 1,300 km with a capacity of 3,000MW to link the two largest electricity systems in the Arab world, which have a total capacity of 90,000MW.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement for electricity linkage in June, amounting to US$1.6bn. Egypt’s share in the agreement amounts to approximately US$610mn, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity.

Over the next few days, Egypt also expects receive a grant from China, amounting to approximately US$31.5mn, which will be used to establish a centre to assemble and examine satellites, study, and implement a project to combat desertification. Other projects are also being studied to be included in the grant.

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