Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:56
Siemens has 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
When complete, the plants, which Siemens is building alongside with its partners, will feature a total of six 500/220 kV substations and will enable a reliable and resilient energy delivery for the North African country.
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 state-of-the-art 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-based engineering company El-Sewedy Electric T&D.
When fully commissioned, the first two substations will help deliver 2,500MW of power to the national grid, which is the equivalent to the electricity needs of more than 10mn Egyptians. The project is crucial to upgrading the country’s network, which will ultimately support Egypt’s economic, industrial and infrastructure development, according to Siemens.
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.
“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,” said Emad Ghaly, CEO of Siemens Egypt.
“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 per cent until 2018 through adding a total of 16.4 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 14.4 GW. 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 two gigawatts.