Egypt and Sudan will start operating an electricity interconnection project linking the national grids of the two on 12 January, with a capacity of 50 Megawatt (MW), Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker said.
The project's cost stands at EGP 509 million ($31.74 million) and it spans a distance of 1,000 kilometres, the minister added, as quoted by the MENA state news agency.
The joint grid's capacity is expected to reach 240 MW by the end of 2020, the Egyptian cabinet said in September.
The project is being implemented by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and the Indian construction firm Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T).
Egypt is seeking to become a regional hub for energy transmission and a leader in renewable energy in the region.
The country currently has electricity connections with Libya and Jordan, with a capacity of 100 MW and 450 MW respectively, and is working on connecting its national grid with Greece, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.