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General Electric has completed building and connecting the Badr substation to Egypt's national grid.

Daily News Egypt reported that the multinational conglomerate company confirmed the development on Tuesday.

The new 500/220kV gas-insulated substation, which is located in north-eastern Cairo, will dispatch 1.5GW of electricity, in response to increased power generation in the area.

The Badr turnkey substation, which according to Daily News Egypt came online at the end of September 2017, will play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt–Saudi Arabia Interconnection.

The project links the national grids of both countries from Badr city in Egypt to Madina and Tabuq cities in Saudi Arabia via a 1,300km transmission line.

Badr substation to boost interconnection

The Badr substation will connect 1.5GW, or 50% of the project’s total exchange capacity, which is the power equivalent to meet the needs of more than 1 million homes, media stated.

With a difference in peak demand times during the day for each country, the interconnection will help secure stable transmission to meet such needs. Read more…

The substation will leverage GE’s Power Grid Solutions portfolio, which includes its T155 550 kV and B105 220 kV Gas-Insulated Substations.

These technologies are said to meet the requirements of the network in terms of power generation, transmission and heavy industry applications.

The chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, Eng. Gamal Abdel Rehim, said: “The Egypt-Saudi Arabia Interconnection is strategic for our electricity sector. We are proud of the work we’re doing with GE as a key partner and technology provider helping us realise this Project.

“GE’s advanced solutions will support us in meeting Egypt’s growing energy generation capacity and securing reliable power supply with efficient transmission of electricity.”

Mohammed Mohaisen, President & CEO of GE Power’s Grid Solutions business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey added: “We are delighted to contribute toward Egypt’s target to upgrade its national electricity grid and proud to collaborate with the Ministry of Electricity and EETC to bring our latest technologies and solutions to address these needs.”

Mohaisen noted that “The B105 and T155 are both environmentally friendly, have proven field reliability, higher availability and can easily be integrated into a smart grid. With an increase in power generation, the need for a more advanced electricity transmission network and Egypt’s growing industrial sector, these technologies will help address the changing requirements of the country’s grid infrastructure.”

 

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