The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has awarded the Siemens and Hassan Allam Construction consortium the contract to build the New National Energy Control Center.
Officials from the EETC, Siemens, and Hassan Allam Construction signed the contract, valued at EGP 838m on 8 December. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Egypt’s new power grid control centre, which will be located in the New Administrative Capital (NAC), will deploy advanced software and equipment to monitor, manage and control extra-high voltage (220 kV and 500 kV) transmission networks. It will also power generation stations across the country.
The centre will include the tools needed for future grid expansion, and for maintaining a secured energy supply, including from renewable sources and storage.
Mostafa El-Bagoury, CEO of Siemens in Egypt, said, “This control centre features advanced software and hardware that will make Egypt’s grid reliable and efficient today, and adaptive to the new technologies and energy sources of the future.”
He added, “We are proud to be entrusted by the EETC to build this control centre, and to support the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy’s vision to digitalise the sector, and transform Egypt into an international energy hub.”
The New National Energy Control Center and New Backup Energy Control Center will run on Siemens Spectrum Power 7, the company’s flagship control centre platform for transmission management in energy networks of any size.
The highly customisable platform includes applications for grid monitoring and supervisory control, renewable power forecasting, network analysis and optimisation, as well as general dispatch and control.
EETC Chairperson Sabah Mashally said, “Our partnership with Siemens spans many decades and already includes four control centres.”
She added, “We are confident that the company will provide solutions that will meet our current requirements as well as our future needs. This project is another step toward a robust, smart and efficient electrical grid that’s not only crucial to Egypt’s economic development but will also allow for faster implementation of renewable energy sources in the country.”
Hassan Allam, Chairperson at Hassan Allam Construction, said, “We are proud to join Siemens in delivering this advanced control centre that will ensure the stable supply of energy across Egypt.”
“Our company has been operating in Egypt since 1936, and has contributed to many engineering, construction and infrastructure projects that have fostered tremendous economic and societal development across the nation,” Allam added, ”We look forward to working with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy towards achieving Egypt’s vision 2030.”
The EETC operates four control centres powered by Siemens technology that oversee the networks in Cairo, Alexandria, and the Upper and Middle Egypt regions. Two additional Siemens’ control centres are also used in the networks operated by the North and South Delta Electricity Distribution companies.
The scope includes the construction of a building in the NAC that will host the new National Control Center, including electro-mechanical works and all-auxiliary services.