Egypt invests US$27m in power projects to raise efficiency of electricity networks in South Delta

EGYPT Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity has revealed that the Arab nation has within one year invested LE 438 million (about US$27 million) in power projects to raise the efficiency of electricity networks in the East West sector of the South Delta Electricity Distribution Company.

Egypt’s ministry of electricity said, in a statement, that expansion and substitution work was done to raise the efficiency of the governorate’s electrical network and improve service to subscribers.

 The ministry pointed out that the investment covered a number of power projects including deployment of 46 medium voltage interfaces.

As a result of the capital intervention by the government, the Ministry of Electricity, revealed that total length of the overhead transmission lines network in the South Delta region was increased to about 13088.920 km.

The ministry further noted that the total length of the cable network of the medium voltage now amounts to 1744.479 km.

low-voltage overhead lines were also constructed from the project funds and now amounted to about 3716.574 km.

The Ministry of Electricity further explained that that the total length of low-voltage cable ground was expanded to reach (223.630) km.

The projects also led to the procurement of transformers increasing their number to 4022 transformers with a total capacity of (1481.152) m. A.A.

The above projects go towards improving efficiency in Egypt which has seen a great weakening in its supply security.

The power system’s generation reserve capacity declined from 20% in the early 2000s to 10% by the 2010s.

The Egyptian power system is now significantly less able to avoid power shortages during annual peak demand periods, which are typically the afternoons on the hottest days of the year.

To deal with the extremely high demand for electricity which has been a major source of tension between the government and citizens, the government has rolled out a number of energy efficiency projects, the one for South Delta being the latest example.

Egypt is also looking towards solar energy to boost its energy production.

The North African country is currently in the advanced stages of completing the biggest solar installation in the world, Benban Solar Park, which will generate 1.8 GW to power 1 million homes upon completion.

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