Phase one of the Egypt-Sudan electricity project was officially launched earlier this year after experimental operation was carried out successfully.
The project, according to the minister for electricity and renewable energy, is expected to add an additional 180M within a year and half and is expected to have a total capacity of 300MW upon completion.
According to Egypt Today, the extension of Toshky transmission plant, which is a double circuit transmission line stretching over 170 kilometers with a capacity of 220/66 kV, has been established and linked with Sudan’s Wadi Halfa in collaboration with Siemens.
Chairperson of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Co. (EETC) Sabah Mashaly indicated that the network consists of air-insulated substations (AIS) to inhibit power loss.
The official further revealed that experts from both countries are exchanging visits to accelerate the final works in the project.
Egypt Today reported that the electricity interlinkage phases will enter service gradually in tandem with the rate of accomplishment on the Sudanese side.
The move to increase electricity interlinkage comes at a time when Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are engaged in last-ditch talks to resolve a dispute over Addis Ababa’s construction of a giant dam on the river Nile.
This month Ethiopia is set to start storing water in the vast reservoir of the $4.8bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to be Africa’s largest, and which it sees as a pathway to widespread electrification and a prosperous future.