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Phase I of Egypt–Sudan Interconnection to complete by February 2019 [free access]

January 22, 2019

The first phase of the 500 kV Egypt–Sudan Interconnection Project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019, followed which the experimental run of the interconnection will begin. Initially, it was scheduled for completion by January 2019, but was delayed due to difficulties being faced during construction.

 

The interconnection aims to facilitate power trade between the two countries and promote stability of the two power systems.

 

The project entails two phases. In the first phase, a 220 kV interconnection line will be constructed between the Toshka 2 transformer station in Egypt and a 220 kV transformer station in Arqan, Sudan. In the second phase, the line will be upgraded to 500 kV. The transmission line will carry up to 300 MW of electricity. Of the total line length, 69 km will be in Sudan and 100 km in Egypt.

 

As per reports, Sudan’s share in the project will be over USD20 million, while Egypt’s share is estimated to be around EGP650 million.

 

The electricity interconnection project with Sudan is part of Egypt’s plan to transform into a regional energy hub, and to exchange electricity with Arab, African and European countries after achieving a surplus of 15,000 MW.

 

Currently, Egypt’s grid is interconnected with Jordan and Libya, and the feasibility study for the EuroAfrica Interconnector Project between Egypt, Cyprus, Crete-Attica, Greece and Europe has been finalised.

 

(EGP1=USD0.056)