The two substations, Etay El-Baroud and Maghagha, are developed as part of a contract awarded to a consortium of Siemens and El Sewedy Electric T&D by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) in December 2015.

As part of the contract, Siemens and El Sewedy will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply and installation of six 500/220kV substations, located in El Minia, El Beheira, Qalubia, Assiut and Kafr El Zayat governorates.

The scope of the contract also includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers and control and protection equipment.

The contract is expected to contribute to the country's effort to upgrade network to ultimately support its economic, industrial and infrastructure development.

Upon fully commissioning, the first two substations will transfer 2,500MW of power to the national grid. The remaining four substations are planned to be connected to the grid by the end of October 2017.

Siemens Energy Management CEO Ralf Christian said: "This achievement is yet another testament to Siemens' commitment to fast execution for the benefit of the customer, and comes at a time when Egypt has resumed a strong focus on increasing the capacity of the transmission network nationwide.

"Siemens power transmission technologies are playing a key role in ensuring the efficiency and stability of Egypt's national grid, fulfilling extremely high requirements in terms of quality and stability."

Siemens, in collaboration with local partners, is constructing three combined-cycle power plants in Egypt including Burullus, New Capital and Beni Suef. The projects will have a total capacity of 14.4GW.

Image: Siemens will build a total of six substations to connect two power plants to Egypt’s grid. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.