GE has completed construction work on the 1.5GW Badr substation in Cairo, Egypt and work on connecting the facility to the national grid.
The electricity generated by the new 500/220 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated substation will have the capacity to power over one million homes in Egypt.
The facility, completed on behalf of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), will have an integral role in the upcoming Egypt-Saudi Arabia Interconnection project that will connect the national grids of the two countries through a 1,300km transmission line.
The substation will make use of GE Power’s Grid Solutions portfolio, comprising GE’s T155 550 kV and B105 220 kV gas-insulated substations.
GE Power Grid Solutions business president and CEO in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey said: “The B105 and T155 are both environmentally friendly, have proven field reliability, higher availability and can easily be integrated into a smart grid. With an increase in power generation, the need for a more advanced electricity transmission network and Egypt’s growing industrial sector, these technologies will help address the changing requirements of the country’s grid infrastructure.”
GE president and CEO for North East Africa said: “We are honoured to build on our 30-year partnership with EETC and to be a player in such a strategic project for Egypt and the region. The Badr substation, which uses our advanced switchgear technologies, will help connect 50% of the Egypt – Saudi Arabia Interconnection Project, playing a key role in reinforcing the reliability of power needed for household and industrial use.”