Egypt awards Siemens, Hassan Allam contract to build New National Energy Control Center

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Dec 2020

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022

Hassan Allam

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company has awarded the consortium of Siemens and Hassan Allam a contract to build the New National Energy Control Centre in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt.

According to a statement released by Siemens on Tuesday, officials from the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, Siemens and Hassan Allam Construction inked the contract worth EGP 838 million on Wednesday.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Egypt’s new power grid control centre will use advanced software and equipment to monitor, manage and control extra-high voltage (220 kV and 500 kV) transmission networks and power generation stations across the country, and will include the tools needed for future grid expansion and for maintaining a secure energy supply, including from renewable sources and storage, according to the statement.

“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,” said Mostafa El-Bagoury, the Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in Egypt.

He added that Siemens appreciates being entrusted by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to build this control centre and 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 Centre and New Backup Energy Control Centre 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, and general dispatch and control.

“Our partnership with Siemens spans many decades and already includes four control centres. We are confident that the company will provide solutions that will meet our current requirements as well as our future needs,” said Sabah Mashally, chairwoman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

She added that this project is another step towards a robust, smart and efficient electrical grid that is not only crucial to Egypt’s economic development, but will also allow for faster implementation of renewable energy sources in the country.

For his part, Hassan Allam, the chairman of Hassan Allam Construction, said that through this project, Siemens will deliver 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, and we look forward to working with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy towards achieving Egypt’s vision 2030,” he said.

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company 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 also includes the construction of a building in the new Administrative Capital of Egypt to host the new National Control Centre, including electro-mechanical works and all-auxiliary services.

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