Egypt to invest US$288m in electricity distribution upgrades to improve efficiency

Egypt Energy Control Center

EGYPT– The Government of Egypt has committed US$288 million in an electricity project aimed at improving efficiencies in electricity distribution in the country.

The electricity project according to Egypt’s Electricity Minister Mohamed involves the installation of four power control centers in the electricity distribution networks at an estimated cost of LE 4.6 billion (US$288 million).

The minister revealed this after the signing of the agreement between his government and representatives from Schneider Electric that paves way for the project’s commencement.

Schneider Electric is expected to start building the first four Energy Control Centers (ECCs) for Egypt’s electricity grid within a period of 18 months.

Shaker said that the deal came in line with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s directives to give priority to raising the efficiency of electricity transmission and distribution networks nationwide.

The four ECCs will be built in Nasr city, New Cairo, Dokki and 6th of October city, Shaker noted, explaining that the electricity distribution networks in these areas are much-more ready and suitable for establishing the power control centers.

Shaker further revealed that a perfectly laid plan has drawn up to establish and develop 47 control centers in the electricity distribution networks.

The Control Centers, according to Egypt’s minister of Electricity, will be distributed among the electricity distribution companies so as to enhance efficiencies in all parts of the country.

For his part, the Regional Head of Schneider Electric, Walid Sheta said that Schneider Electric as an international company is keen on boosting cooperation with the Egyptian government and invest in national projects in Egypt.

Sheta cited Schneider Electric’s cooperation with the Electricity and Renewable Energy Ministry to develop the national power grid, maximize the utilization of human capabilities and localize the industry in Egypt.

During the meeting, Abdel Fattah, Schneider Electric’s deputy CEO, lauded Egypt’s keenness on possessing a smart network that could meet its needs to help implement the growth plans.

Fattah noted that the project would be of great benefit to Egypt particularly with the increase in power consumption and in light of the processes of economic growth to achieve the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030.

“Grid Ecostruxure” which is the system being implemented in the 4 control centers is an advanced electricity distribution management system.

The system equips utilities with critical grid management capabilities to improve outage response, optimize evolving grid operation, and manage distributed energy resource (DER) impacts.

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