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Siemens completes two big turnkey substations in Egypt

CAIRO, December 20, 2018

Global technology giant Siemens has announced the completion of two substations - Samanoud and Aboul Matameer - in the Delta region of Egypt. The project marks one of the country’s largest turnkey substations ever supplied.

The two substations were built to transmit electricity from the Burullus power plant, the world’s largest gas-fired, combined cycle power station, to the national grid.

The two 500/220-kilovolt (kV) substations will enable power delivery to Egyptian homes as well as different industries located in the Delta, Alexandria and Kafr El Sheikh areas.

They will also help increase the capacity of the national grid, which is a key requirement to foster economic growth as defined by the goals of Egypt’s vision 2030.

Gaber El Desouki, the chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), said: "To enable more resilient, efficient and reliable power systems, Egypt needs to enhance the country’s transmission lines to accommodate the increase in power generation capacity."

"This is why the EEHC has been redefining the conventional approaches to upgrade the grid infrastructure across the country," he stated.

The new substations build on Siemens’ contributions towards strengthening Egypt‘s power sector. It comes shortly following the company’s construction of six substations, in El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut and Kafr El Zayat cities, to transmit energy from Beni Suef and Burullus power plants.

The first two substations were energised in a record time of only 10 months; from the contract signing to match the implementation timeframe of the mega-sized power plants, said the statement.

Siemens Egypt CEO Emad Ghaly said: "An efficient and robust electricity network is an essential part of Egypt’s vision to drive long-term economic growth. We are pleased to build on a trusting relationship with EEHC to boost grid infrastructure."

Farag El Saadany, the senior executive vice-president of Siemens Transmission solutions, in Egypt, said: "The two news substations will not only deliver more electricity to more homes, located near Alexandria and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates, but also support the focus on industrialization by providing reliable power supply to energy-intensive industries."

"They will feed power to cement, oil and gas and petrochemical facilities as well as ongoing infrastructure development projects in the Delta region," he stated.

The fast-track project was executed in a consortium with El Sewedy.  As part of the agreement, Siemens was responsible for the design, engineering, construction, supply, and installation and commissioning of the two turnkey substations.

This includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS); power transformers; control systems as well as protection and telecommunication equipment.-TradeArabia News Service

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