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Egyptian electricity company to add 120MW of new wind power

GE will also provide local project management, testing and commissioning services on a turnkey basis

The project is a direct reflection of EETC's ongoing efforts to upgrade Egypt's national grid
The project is a direct reflection of EETC's ongoing efforts to upgrade Egypt's national grid

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has extended its contractual agreement with GE Power to add an additional 120 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid by the end of 2018.


The expansion of the Gabal El Zayt substation will leverage GE Power’s grid solutions portfolio, which includes its B105 220 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), in addition to medium- and low voltage systems, control and protection systems and auxiliary services.


GE will also provide local project management, engineering, design, fabrication, the erection of power transformers, site management, testing and commissioning services on a turnkey basis.


The Gabal El Zayt substation is the main connection point between the Gabal El Zayt wind farm, one of the largest in the region, and the grid. First commissioned in 2014 by GE, this will be the substation’s second extension. Upon completion of this extension, the substation’s total capacity will reach 540 MW, with plans to connect another 40 MW in future.


“This project is a direct reflection of our efforts to continuously upgrade Egypt’s national grid, and in so doing delivering increased energy supply and support toward the diversification of the country’s energy mix, said Gamal Abdel Rehim, chairman, EETC.


“GE has always been a committed partner to EETC, and we are proud of our partnerships and the tangible results [it] generates in the energy sector.”


The agreement reflects GE’s long-standing role in upgrading and providing Egypt’s energy sector with the latest solutions to meet increasing generation and transmission demands.


“The Gabal El Zayt wind farm is considered one of the largest across the region, underscoring the significance of this project to both EETC and GE,” added Mohammed Mohaisen, president and CEO of GE Power’s grid solutions business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.


“As the wind farm expands, our work with EETC to apply further extensions continues while ensuring minimal loss of transferred power. We remain committed to bringing our advanced technologies to Egypt to improve the efficiency of the electricity sector.”


GE claims to have installed more than 150 gas and steam turbines countrywide, helping to generate more than 15.5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, enough to power more than 15 million homes across Egypt.


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