Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract to provide a solution that will enable increased cross-border energy trading between Egypt and Sudan.
The energy company has been selected by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the Sudanese Electricity Transmission Company to deploy a solution that will ensure the stability of the Sudanese grid and optimise the flow of energy coming from Egypt into Sudan.
Siemens Energy will build two grid stabilisation stations in Sudan to ensure energy security and lower emissions. One of the two stations will be built in the capital of the state of Northern Sudan, Dongola. The second station will be built in the town of Merowe, about 330 kilometres north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, where the Merowe High Dam is located. The Merowe High Dam is one of the largest hydropower projects in Africa.
According to the statement, Siemens Energy will use its Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM) technology to regulates the transmission variations automatically according to the grid conditions. The solution will strengthen and stabilise the power grid by providing reactive power compensation and dynamic voltage support.
This contract will be the first grid stabilization of scale to be carried out in Sudan.
The project is expected to help Sudan to improve access to reliable energy for its population. Today, only 60% of the country’s total population has access to electricity.
The project runs from March 2021 over a period of two years.
Said Mahmoud Hanafy, Vice President, Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the Middle East, said: “This project will support growth, jobs and economic transformation.”
He added that the project is “critical to accelerate energy transition and foster power trade in both countries. The project is also aligned with Siemens Energy’s commitment to accelerate energy access and security in a sustainable and economically sensible way.”
Emad Ghaly, Siemens Energy Egypt’s Managing Director, emphasized: “This project will help Egypt export reliable power to its neighbor, bringing it closer towards its goal of becoming a regional power hub.”
In 2019, Siemens Energy has completed the energization of the Toshka substation, which plays a strategic role in the Egypt-Sudan Electric Interconnection project. Siemens Energy’s mega power plants enabled Egypt to boost its generation capacity by 40% in less than three years. Now the country is looking to export the surplus energy and become a regional energy hub.