Substations ready for power project in Egypt

Posted on 15th December 2016

Siemens has successfully energised the first two substations, that will transmit electricity generated by the new power plants in Beni Suef and Burullus to Egypt’s power grid.

Pic courtesy: Constructionweekonline news report Pic courtesy: Constructionweekonline news report

When finished, the plants, which Siemens is building alongside with its partners, will feature a total of six 500/220 kilovolt (kV) substations, and will enable a reliable and resilient energy delivery for the people of Egypt.

The Etay El-Baroud and Maghagha substations are part of the contract signed between a consortium, comprising Siemens and El Sewedy Electric T&D, with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the design, engineering, supply, and installation of six substations, located in El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut, and Kafr El Zayat governorates.

They will include gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, and control and protection equipment. All civil work will be completed by the local engineering company, El-Sewedy Electric T&D.

When fully commissioned, the first two substations will help deliver 2,500 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid, which is the equivalent to the electricity needs of more than 10 million Egyptians.

The project is crucial to upgrading the country’s network, which will ultimately support Egypt’s economic, industrial and infrastructure development, read a statement from Siemens, according to Constructionweekonline news report.

Both Etay El-Baroud and Maghagha substations were energised within 10 months, from last December, when the contract was signed, to match the implementation timeframe of the Beni Suef and Burullus power plants. The remaining substations will be completed and connected to the grid by the end of October 2017.

Emad Ghaly, CEO of Siemens Egypt, said: “This achievement is yet another testament to Siemens’ commitment to fast execution for the benefit of the customer, and comes at a time when Egypt has resumed a strong focus on increasing the capacity of the transmission network nationwide. Siemens power transmission technologies are playing a key role in ensuring the efficiency and stability of Egypt’s national grid, fulfilling extremely high requirements in terms of quality and stability.”

Siemens is working on boosting Egypt’s power generation capacity by around 50% until 2018, through adding a total of 16.4 gigawatts (GW) with its mega project.

In close collaboration with local partners, Siemens is constructing three highly efficient combined-cycle power plants in Egypt – Burullus, New Capital, and Beni Suef – with a total capacity of 14.4GW. 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 also plans to build up to 12 wind farms in Egypt with a total capacity of 2GW.

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