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Transmission lines. Source: 123rf

In Egypt, three technology firms are gunning for first place for a $1.6 billion electricity interconnection project.

Bidding for the contract are technology firms ABB, Siemens and Alstom.

The project will be jointly developed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Construction Week Online reported.

Egypt to wrap up tender process

Daily News Egypt reported that the two countries are currently in the final stages of the tender process for transformers and lines for the mega project next month and award the contract in September.

According to media, the selected bidder will be responsible for the build of a 450km transmission line connecting the Badr City power station to the Nabq City switch station.

Project requirements

Construction Week Online reported that in addition, a 850km long transmission line will be constructed from the switch station east of the Madinah power station, passing through the Tabuk station, and ending at Badr. Read more…

“The company winning this contract will establish two 500 kV AC/DC transformer stations in Badr City and another linking station to connect to the line in Nabq,” Construction Week Online added.

According to Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) chairman Gamal Abdel Rahim, the tender bids for the Madinah-Tabuk-Badr transformer stations will be opened by the Saudi side on May 3; while the tender for the Badr-Nabq line will be opened in Egypt on May 7.

The pilot phase of the project will begin in 2019 to exchange 3,000MW at peak hours, Rahim added. Read more…


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