The of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) is seeking to implement projects with the budget of the fiscal year (FY) 2019/20 with investments up to EGP 19.55bn.
The announcement came during the EETC general assembly was held under the chairmanship of Mohamed Shaker, minister of electricity and renewable energy.
This will be to improve the performance of the current network and increase its reliability by replacing and renewing the existing networks and establishing new projects to meet the increase in loads.
Sabah Mashaly, EETC head, said that the plan in the next FY aims to add the capacity of the ultra-high voltage stations to the network amounting to 24,625MW to go up to 115,461MW by 27% from the FY 2018/19.
In addition, the company will add high voltage stations to the network amounting to 6,600MW to go up to 67,430MW, which is up by 10.8% from FY 2018/19.
Mashaly noted that the length of ultra-high voltage lines increased by about 1,456 km which is 5.5% from the target in FY 2018/19. The high voltage lines of 1,024 km are also up by 4.6% from FY 2018/19.
She added that the company aims to reduce the rates of malfunctions and levels of unavailability due to the necessary outage of the network components of ultra-high voltage at 500kV, 220kV, and high voltage of 132kV and 66kV.
“The company started the application of preventive maintenance, predictive programmes, and conducting a comprehensive review of the airlines, towers, conductors, and insulators, which have been established 25 years ago or more,” she said.
Furthermore, she added that the Benban control centre which will be established through 1,465MW will be monitored and operated.
The company will also adapt continuous modernisation of control and manage devices using modern technology and a control system in high voltage networks of 66kV.