Sudan-Egypt power interconnection project to be completed soon
A date of January 2019 has been given for the completion of the first stage of the electricity interconnection project between Sudan and Egypt.
The 100-MW line linking the two countries is about 100km long and will be raised from 220 kV to 500 kV in the second phase.
“Operation tests are expected to start by the end of January 2019,” said Ayman Hamza, the spokesman of Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.
Hamza’s remarks came following a meeting between Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker and Sudanese Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity Kedir Kesem in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the field of electricity.
The $6.7 million project is part of Egypt’s wider plan to become a regional energy hub.
Egypt has also signed contracts for electricity interconnection lines with Saudi Arabia that are scheduled to begin operation in 2021 with a capacity up to 3,000 MW. The first phase is expected to start within the first half of 2019 and to begin operation in 2020 with a capacity of 1,200 MW.
Egypt is already electrically interconnected with Jordan and Libya, and it also signed a memorandum of understanding for power interconnection with Cyprus and Greece.
Source: African Daily Voice
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