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Egypt: Predictive maintenance to optimise wind farm performance

Ras Ghareb Wind Energy has selected Hitachi ABB Power Grids to optimise operations at its 262.5MW wind energy plant in Egypt.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will provide predictive maintenance for a 220/33kV grid connection to ensure peak performance at Egypt’s largest wind farm power project. The services are expected to help reduce the risk of failure, extend asset life and lower the operational costs for the wind farm. The services include spare parts supply, preventative maintenance, 24/7 response and remote support, and training.

To offer real-time operation and maintenance of the plant, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will use data acquired from intelligent switchgear and existing plant monitoring and control systems.

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Ras Ghareb Wind Energy is a joint venture between ENGIE, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Orascom Construction and Eurus Energy Holdings. The Ras Ghareb power plant produces electricity to power 500,000 households with its 125 wind turbines. The Egypt wind plant was commissioned in 2019 to boost energy security and is a first step to the switch to renewables in Ras Ghareb and the whole of Egypt.

To meet growing energy demand whilst ensuring the decarbonisation of power generation, Egypt has set a target to deploy 7GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.

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Sameh Al Alfy, Wind Farm O&M Director at Ras Ghareb Wind Energy: “The committed support from the local team from Hitachi ABB Power Grids during and after the substation project execution in combination with a high technical competence and capacity to squeeze the project timetable in support of the energising schedule has been of outmost importance and encouraged us to sign a service agreement contract with Hitachi ABB Power Grids for the substation and balance of plant (BoP) maintenance and troubleshooting.”

Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Egypt has also been selected by state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to establish the new Delta Zone Regional Control Centre (DRCC). 

The facility, to be located in Mansoura City, will comprise a network manager supervisory control and energy management system for real-time management to improve the reliability and efficiency of the electricity network in the region. The facility will be used to acquire data from various distributed energy resources and enhance the operations of an energy transmission network that transports electricity to more than 26 million people.

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