The extension of Toshka transmission plant, southern Egypt, which is a double circuit transmission line stretching over 170 kilometers with a capacity of 220/66 kV, has been established and linked with Sudan’s Wadi Halfa in collaboration with Siemens.
The new extension paves the way for the implementation of the Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project. The new 220 kv air-insulated substation (AIS) will dispatch around 400MW of electricity to secure reliable power transmission coupled with minimal losses of transferred power.
The substation, which is located near the Egyptian-Sudanese boarder, about 1,300 km away from Cairo, will play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project, the statement noted, adding that the project links the national grids of both countries, from Toshka city in Egypt to Dongola in Sudan, via a 170-kilometre transmission line.
Chairperson of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Co. (EETC) Sabah Mashaly indicated in a press release on Monday that the cost of the project is 32,550,000 Egyptian pounds and €562500. The network consists of air-insulated substations (AIS) to inhibit power loss. The amount of electricity to be transmitted is estimated to be 400 megawatts.
“The new project comes in line with Egypt’s national plan to share power with neighbouring countries as well as drive more dynamic African cooperation in different areas, including energy,” added Mashaly
Siemens Egypt CEO Emad al-Ghaly revealed that the project was accomplished in three months.
The extension of Toshka substation marks the first phase of this landmark project, which will expand access and lower the cost of electricity supply to homes and business in Sudan and promote sustainable development, she added.
Mashaly asserted that building a strong and efficient national electricity network is part of Egypt’s vision to export surplus to neighboring countries. She added that Egypt is ready to cooperate with Siemens and other international companies to develop the national electricity transmission network that is part of electricity linkage with Sudan.
Siemens designed and manufactured the plant delivering all essential components, including two additional electrical cells. That is in addition to the installation of power transmitters, site management, tests, and experimental operation.