A consortium of Egyptian electrical equipment manufacturers will compete in mid-July for two international tenders, worth EGP 1bn, to implement high and ultra-high voltage transmission lines in Morocco.
Kamal Koraytem, Chairperson of the High Dam Electrical and Industrial Projects Company (Hideleco), one of the parties involved in the consortium, said they seek to take over the two tenders.
He added that cooperation with the Giza Cables Industries is underway to work in several African markets. This consortium has already won several other tenders which required cooperation with the local authorities, most prominently the Ministry of Military Production, to maximise the local production.
Koraytem explained that the consortium won a tender for lighting new complexes in Cairo at a cost of EGP 27m. He also indicated that the Benban/Toshka giant transmission line is currently being implemented at a 500 kV voltage.
About 80% of the Qena/Naga Hammadi line of 220 kV has been completed, and the Hawamdeya transformer station is being built. This is in addition to the 500kV New Hawamdeya transformers has been built.
Koraytem pointed out that 70% of the Tama/Girga power line in Sohag Governorate was completed. Work to establish the Esna-Sebaiya line in Qena Governorate and the Nubaria / Beheira line is underway, as part of projects that were obtained with a business volume of over EGP 500m.
Koraytem said that Hideleco was contracted to purchase the latest wire-tightening machines from Germany at a cost of EGP 17m. These will be used to speed up the completion and implementation of new projects and shorten the time period required for implementation.
He added that work is currently underway to implement medium and low voltage lines to meet the requirements of development and investment projects in Al-Owainat and Toshka.
“Work is underway to renew the electricity transmission lines starting from the Hawamdeya region and add an extension to Upper Egypt, to modernise them at a cost of EGP 120m,” Koraytem said.
“This comes within the state programme to renew all components of the national network in Upper Egypt in the coming years, and start implementing the giant project to renew high and ultra-high voltage lines 500 kV in Upper Egypt,” he added.