Alstom Grid has been awarded a contract worth around €12 million with Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to manufacture and deliver a Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) to their new Gabal El-Zayt wind farm.
Located on the Gulf of Suez, and covering 625 km2, Gabel El-Zayt will be the largest onshore wind farm in Egypt with a planned capacity of 3 GW by 2020. This project is financed by the German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW).
This new GIS substation will be the first substation to transmit the produced power from the wind farm to the electricity network. To suit the specific needs of the wind park, Alstom Grid is offering a solution to increase the availability of the substation and therefore the reliability of the electricity supply.
Gabal El-Zayt represents an important milestone in assuring Egypt’s renewal energy future. EETC’s goal is to produce 20% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020. Hydropower will contribute 8% and wind and other resources 12% to this growing portfolio. The wind farm will also help Egypt to reach its ambition of a 7% annual capacity increase in overall energy production. A network is underway to connect Egypt to neighbouring countries such as Libya and Jordan, with plans for a future link with Saudi Arabia.
“Delivering our GIS technology to the Gabel El-Zayt wind farm and renewing our collaboration with EETC further establishes Alstom Grid’s commitment to support Egypt’s renewal goal and the growing regional electricity needs”, declared Jean-Pierre Faure, Regional Vice-President Western Europe and Africa for Alstom Grid.
The substation is due to be commissioned at the end of 2013. The scope of this turnkey project includes civil works, as well as eleven 220 kV GIS Bays, 43 Medium Voltage (MV) GIS Switchgear, two 125 MVA power transformers, Automation and Telecommunication systems. All Alstom products are manufactured in France and Turkey.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.
Source: Alstom press release