Egypt is currently implementing a programme to support electricity networks in the South and North Sinai, Suez and Sharqeya Governorates, to improve the provision of energy services to their residents.
The programme, which was announced by Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker, is set to establish a number of projects, controls, and distributors with investments during the current year amounting to EGP 1.8bn.
It will also accommodate the future consumption capacity in these governorates, whilst commencing preparations on the Sinai network to meet the requirements of the state’s programmes for this region’s development.
Shaker’s announcement came off the back of a report by Chairperson of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), Gaber El Dessouki, which outlined the programmes being implemented to support the Sinai network. The report also highlighted the work that has already been undertaken to meet the requirements of the national project for the Sinai region’s development.
Shaker referred to the efforts made by Egypt’s electricity sector and its companies to raise the efficiency of the country’s electrical network, and improve the level of its performance.
The work was undertaken to ensure the stability and continuity of electrical supply in accordance with quality standards. At the same time, it would reduce periods of power outages nationwide, whilst working on its capacity to cope with the continuous increase in electricity consumption and the expected loads in consumption patterns. It would also undertake all precautionary measures to confront the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to ensure the health and safety of workers.
Mohamed El-Sayed, President of the Canal Company for Electricity Distribution (CCED), explained that the new investments come as part of the state’s interest in development programmes in the Suez Canal region, Sinai, and Sharqeya.
He noted that the electricity sector is working quickly to put in place all development programmes, so that the country’s electricity needs are consistently and continually catered for.
The new investments include the establishment of four control centres in Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Ismailia, and the 10th of Ramadan City. These investments will go towards implementing control network management capabilities, limit faults and current stability, as well as implement network replacement and renewal programmes.