The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) decided to open the envelopes for the tenders of transformer substations and lines for the Egypt-Saudi Arabia electricity interconnection project on 16 and 19 April.
Government sources said that the Medina-Tabuk-Badr substation tender will be posed by the Saudi side on 16 April, while the tender for the Badr-Nabq antenna lines will be posed by Egypt on 19 April.
The sources added that the rapprochement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia will boost the agreement on the project, especially as the strained political relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia were amongst the main reasons for the delay—something that was previously denied by government sources.
The sources stressed the government’s desire to implement the electrical connection projects with Arab countries—especially Saudi Arabia—to utilise the surplus in energy now, which is up to 4,000MW and expected to reach 8,000MW following the commercial operation of the Siemens power plants.
The winning company will connect an antenna line at a length of 450km from the Badr City power station to the Nabq City switch station, in addition to an antenna line with a length of 850km from the switch station east of the Medina power station, passing through the Tabuk station. Alstom, ABB, and Siemens have all applied for the tender, and their offers will be analysed in coordination with the Saudi side.