European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is injecting $183million to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), a state-owned company, for financing and modernisation of Egypt’s electricity grid renewable energy.

The money will be used to strengthen it through the construction of new substations that will allow the integration of new energy sources, Afrik21 reported yesterday. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the injection of 1.3 GW of electricity produced from renewable sources.

Currently in this North African country, two sources of electricity are more highly valued, with large-scale production. First of all, there is solar energy, with production concentrated mainly in the Benban photovoltaic solar complex, which will eventually provide a production capacity of 1.65 GWp.

The report said the project is fully developed by independent power producers (IPPs). This is the case of the Norwegian Scatec Solar and the French EDF Renouvelables, a subsidiary of the giant Électricité de France (EDF).

They have recently commissioned their photovoltaic solar parks in the Benban complex. Work to strengthen the network is in progress in this locality located in the governorate of Aswan. They are led by the Egyptian company El Sewedy Electric. These include the installation of a 500 kV transformer, as well as the construction of a 195 km-long 500 kV high-voltage line from Benban to Upper Egypt.

The other renewable energy source used in Egypt is wind power. The projects are developed by the IPPs, most of which are concentrated in the windy locality of Ras Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez. In fact, a wind farm has already been commissioned in this area. With a capacity of 262.5 MW, it belongs to a consortium composed of the French giant Engie, the Egyptian company Orascom Construction and the Japanese company Toyota Tsusho Corporation/ Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation.

This electricity is fed into the EETC network. Other wind energy projects are being developed in the same locality to boost the capacity of the grid, hence the importance of modernising and strengthening it.

The EBRD estimates that the use of the $183 million loan granted by EETC will help to reduce CO₂ emissions by 77,000 tonnes per year in Egypt, Afrik21 said

By Chibisi Ohakah

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