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New electricity interconnection line between Egypt, Sudan

According to Egypt’s minister of electricity and renewable energy, Mohamed Shaker, a new electricity interconnection line with Sudan will be activated this coming February.

An Indian multi-national construction firm, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), recently completed the construction of all the electricity pylons used, Gamal Abdel-Rahim, chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, told Al-Ahram Weekly.

Also speaking on this development, the director-general of the Sudanese Electricity Transmission Company, Hassan al-Sheikh, said the capacity of the transferable power at 220kV will reach up to 300MW, which can be increased in the future to up to 3,000MW when connecting through the 500kV, which is subject to studies through the joint committees between the two countries.

Stabilising power supply

Al-Sheikh further stated that the total cost of the electricity interconnection project between Egypt and Sudan is around $20 million on the Sudanese side.

He added that the electricity interconnection between the two countries will promote economic exchange in the field of energy and trade, as well as stabilise the supply of electricity. Read more: Megaproject delivers 14.4GW in record time

Al-Sheikh pointed out that the project consists of a high-voltage 220kV transmission line for a length of 69km within the Sudanese territory and 100km within the Egyptian territory.

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