GE Power announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the extension of the Gabal El Zayt 22/220 kV gas insulated substation, connecting an additional 120 MW of power to the national grid by the end of 2018.
GE will also provide local project management, engineering, design, fabrication, the erection of power transformers, site management, testing, and commissioning services on a turnkey basis.
EETC Chairperson Gamal Abdel Rehim said, “this project is a direct reflection of our efforts to continuously upgrade Egypt’s national grid, and in so doing, delivering increased energy supply and support toward the diversification of the country’s energy mix.”
The Gabal El Zayt substation is the main connection point between the Gabal El Zayt wind farm, one of the largest in the region, and the grid.
First commissioned in 2014 by GE, this will be the substation’s second extension. Upon completion, the substation’s total capacity will reach 540 MW, with plans to connect another 40 MW in the near future.
Mohammed Mohaisen, president and CEO of GE gas power systems in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, said, “The Gabal El Zayt wind farm is considered one of the largest across the region, underscoring the significance of this project to both EETC and GE. As the wind farm expands, our work with EETC to apply further extensions continues, while ensuring minimal loss of transferred power.”
GE has installed more than 150 gas and steam turbines countrywide, helping to generate more than 15.5 GW of electricity, enough to power more than 15 million homes across Egypt.