The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and El-Sewedy Electric for Trade and Distribution have signed a contract to implement a dual-circuit aerial line in the Gulf of Suez/S4.
The contract, which will see the construction of the 20km, 500 kV line, comes as part of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy’s plan to develop Egypt’s electricity network. It also comes as part of the huge efforts to develop electricity transmission networks across the country and the strategic plan for expansion of renewable energies.
The line, worth an estimated EGP 120m in investments and which will be ready in six months, will transmit energy generated from new wind stations at the Gulf of Suez.
EETC Chairperson Sabah Mashaly said the project is part of his company’s plan to unload capacities generated from the new wind stations. These include the construction of the S4 transformer station and its connecting lines.
Accordingly, the EETC has proposed a limited tender between local and international companies specialising in the implementation of the AAAC 506 Gulf of Suez/S4 500 kV double-circuit aerial lines.
By the end of 2019, Egypt’s renewable energy production had increased to about 6,000 MW, equivalent to 11% of the country’s total electrical energy production, which amounted to about 55,000 MW. Hydropower accounts for the lion’s share of energy production in Egypt, recording about 2,835 MW, followed by solar energy, which amounted to 1,740 MW, while wind energy recorded about 1,375 MW.
Egypt plans to make renewable energy contribute 20% of its total energy mix by 2022. Of that figure, wind energy will contribute about 12%, with 6% from hydropower, and 2% from solar energy.