The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has selected Siemens Energy to connect Alexandria’s Bashaer El Khair City to Egypt’s national electricity grid, according to press statement on Monday.
Siemens said that the grid connection project will help supply electrical power to more than 25,000 residential units, in over 250 buildings and service centres.
Egypt has been working on strengthening and increasing the reliability of its electricity grid, to ensure power reaches new cities. The reliable energy sources would also work towards driving the country’s economic and social development.
The Bashaer El Khair residential complex is part of a national project creating new communities and providing quality homes for citizens living in informal communities or settlements in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria.
Mahmoud Hanafy, Senior Vice President at Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the Middle East, said, “Electrification of new cities is a big priority for Egypt and across the region, a topic that will continue to be emphasised to create more prosperous and greener cities.”
Hanafy added that this project comes as part of the company’s commitment to support the government in strengthening the Egyptian electricity network’s transmission capacity.
The project will also help reinforce the national grid and enhance power supplies to meet the increasing demand for electricity from residential and commercial consumers. This takes into account the growing urbanisation and development of fourth generation cities across Egypt.
As part of the project, Siemens Energy will be responsible for the design, engineering, construction, installation, and commissioning of the 66/11kV station that will be delivered on a turnkey basis.
This includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), the commission and installation of power transformers and control systems, as well as protection and telecommunication equipment. The project will be fast tracked and is expected to be operational by July 2021.
For his part, Emad Ghaly, Managing Director of Siemens Energy in Egypt said, “An efficient and robust electricity network is an essential part of Egypt’s vision to drive long-term economic growth. We’re pleased to build on our long-lasting relationship with the EETC and be part of this project that will upgrade the lives of many in Alexandria.”