Egypt, Saudi to Begin Power Interconnection Project

Egypt’s Minister of Electricity, Mohammed Shaker says Egypt’s electrical interconnection project with Saudi Arabia will be launched shortly.p

The electrical interconnection project will increase grid capacity to 2,000 megawatts.

Speaking on the sidelines of the first forum of heads of African investment agencies in Sharm El-Sheikh, Shaker noted the tenders for the implementation of the project have been finalized but the winning company has yet to be announced.

A global consultant is expected to undertake studies to adjust the paths of the power lines.

Transmission lines between the two countries will be established under the DC (direct current) system, the latest in Egypt and the Arab region.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a cooperation agreement in 2012 to establish the electrical interconnection project.

The project will be the main axis in the Arab electrical linkage, which aims to create an infrastructure for electricity trade between Arab countries.

Egypt has become a center for electrical interconnection after dramatically increasing its power production, “thanks to the presidential support for plans.”

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