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Siemens to build two new substations in Egypt?s Delta region

Together with its local Egyptian partners, Siemens is erecting three gas-fired combined cycle power plants, each with a capacity of 4.8 GW, for a total combined capacity of 14.4 GW. (Image source: Siemens)

In a new move aimed at improving the resilience of Egypt?s power grid, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has awarded Siemens a contract for the construction of two substations

These will be used to transmit electricity from the Burullus power plant, set to become the world?s largest combined cycle station. When completed the Burullus plant, located at Kaft El Sheikh Governorate, will supply up to 15mn Egyptians with reliable electricity.

The two new substations are Samanoud and Aboul Matameer will enable power delivery to Egyptian homes as well as different industries located in the Delta region. They will also help increase the capacity of the national grid, which is a key requirement to foster economic growth as defined by the goals of Egypt?s Vision 2030.

Gamal Abdel Rahim, chairman of EETC, said, ?To enable more resilient, efficient and reliable power systems, Egypt needs to enhance the country?s transmission lines to accommodate the increase in power generation capacity. This is why the EETC has been redefining the conventional approaches to upgrade the grid infrastructure across the country.?

As part of the agreement, Siemens will be responsible for the design, engineering, construction, supply, installation and commissioning of the two new 500/220kV substations that will be delivered on a turnkey basis. This includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), power transformers, control systems, and protection and telecommunication equipment.

The fast-track project is being executed in a consortium with El Sewedy Electric for the construction work of the substations. Completion is scheduled within 15 months from signing the contracts. Once constructed, the substations are set to become one of the largest turnkey substations ever supplied to the national grid.

The two news substations will not only deliver more electricity to more homes, located near Alexandria and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates, but also support the focus on industrialisation by providing reliable power supply to energy-intensive industries. They will feed power to cement, oil and gas and petrochemical facilities as well as ongoing infrastructure development projects in the Delta region.

Egypt outlined an ambitious target of developing 54 GW of additional generating capacity by 2022 to accommodate its rapidly-growing population and economic expansion.