The proposed Egypt-Saudi Arabia electricity interconnection project is making significant progress following the signing of contracts between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company together with the Saudi Electricity Company and three local and international companies.
The companies in question are; Saudi Services for Electro Mechanic Works; Orascom Construction PLC, a leading global engineering and construction contractor based out of Cairo Egypt, and with a footprint covering the Middle East, Africa and the United States and operations encompassing the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors; and
Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the behemoth joint venture firm officially launched last year (2020) when Japanese technology conglomerate Hitachi acquired a majority share in Swiss conglomerate ABB’s Power Grids business.
An overview of the Egypt-Saudi Arabia electricity interconnection project contracts in question
The contracts, signed simultaneously between Riyadh and Cairo, cover the construction of three high-voltage substations, (the East Madinah Station and the Tabuk Station in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Badr Station in East Cairo, Egypt), linked by overhead transmission lines with a total length of about 1,350 meters and marine cables in the Gulf of Aqaba with a length of approximately 22 kilometers.
Orascom Construction and Hitachi ABB Power Grids will jointly undertake the work in Egypt while Hitachi ABB and Saudi Services for Electro Mechanic Works will carry out the rest of the work in the kingdom.
Valued at approximately US$ 1.8bn, upon completion, the project is expected to have a capacity of 3,000 megawatts. It is hoped to increase the stability and reliability of the electrical supply between the two nations, with significant economic and developmental returns.