The contract for the Egypt-Saudi Arabia Interconnection Project, described as the first large-scale high-voltage electric current interconnection in the North Africa and Middle East region, has been officially awarded to SNC Lavalin.
The company’s Project Management Office (PMO) mandate for the Egypt-Saudi Arabia 1.8 Billion Electricity Interconnection Project includes overseeing the implementation and design of the project. It also includes the supervision of contractors at all stages of construction, engineering and commissioning.
The project will not only be led by the company’s regional expertise in the Middle East, but will also receive support from the company’s HVDC Center of Excellence located in Canada. The contract was awarded for a period of four years by Egyptian Authority for Electricity Transmission And the Saudi Electricity Company.
The electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia to run millions of people
The electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia will extend over 1,300 km from Cairo in Egypt to Medina in Saudi Arabia. There will be an intermediate point located inside Tabuk in Saudi Arabia.
The connection between the two countries will make use of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) due to the large distance involved and the two countries’ use of different electrical frequencies. HVDC technology will allow full control of power flow in either direction.
Once the electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is completed, it will enable both Saudi Arabia and Egypt to exchange only about 3 gigawatts of electricity during peak times. This will enable the employment of up to 20 million people.
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Suspension of the tender for the electricity link project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) Commenting on the suspension of bidding for the planned electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the third postponement of the project so far. Offers were received from interested companies earlier but were canceled due to changes in the route of the line to implement the NEOM project in Saudi Arabia.
NEOM is a planned transboundary city in the Tabuk region in northwest Saudi Arabia that aims to integrate smart city technologies and also serve as a tourist destination. The futuristic $500 billion mega-city will be located near the Red Sea and the borders that Saudi Arabia shares with Egypt and Jordan.
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Deadline for resubmission of the new proposal
It is expected that technical and financial offers for the electricity link project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia will be submitted during the next two months. The delay is scheduled to last up to 40 days.
The EETC had earlier invited seven companies to participate in the bidding process. companies El Sewedy Electric CoEgyptian Manufacturing Company, Chinese State Grid Corporation, Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL)Hyundai, India Larsen & Toubro (L&T) And the KEC International. It is noteworthy that these companies will participate in the bidding process when the activity resumes.
The largest shared electricity network in the Arab world
The project to link the electricity between Egypt and Saudi Arabia will include the construction of overhead transmission lines between the two countries and a submarine power cable, in addition to power sub-stations to transmit nearly 3,000 megawatts between the two countries. Upon completion, the project will provide the largest shared electricity network in the Arab world.
The total value of the electrical connection is expected to be US$1.6 billion. Each country will take care of the work done on its territory. In this case, Saudi Arabia is likely to spend $1 billion or its whereabouts on its side.
The proposed electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is making great progress following the signing of contracts between the two countries Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company along with Saudi Electricity Company Three local and international companies.
The companies involved are; Saudi Electromechanical Works Services; Orascom Construction PLC, a leading global engineering and construction contracting company headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, with a footprint covering the Middle East, Africa, the United States and operations that include infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors; And the
Hitachi Power Networks ABBthe giant joint venture that was officially launched last year (2020) when Japanese technology company Hitachi acquired a majority stake in the power grid business of the Swiss group ABB.
An overview of the contracts for the electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia under consideration
The contracts signed simultaneously between Riyadh and Cairo include the construction of three high-voltage substations, (the East Madinah and Tabuk station in Saudi Arabia, and the Badr station in East Cairo, Egypt), linked together. Transmission lines with a total length of about 1,350 meters, and submarine cables in the Gulf of Aqaba, with a length of approximately 22 kilometers.
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Orascom Construction and Hitachi ABB Power Grids will carry out the works in Egypt, while Hitachi ABB and Saudi Electrical and Mechanical Services will carry out the rest of the works in the Kingdom.
With a value of approximately US$1.8 billion, the project, when completed, is expected to have a capacity of 3,000 megawatts. It is hoped to increase the stability and reliability of the electricity supply between the two countries, while achieving significant economic and development returns.
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