Global power and technology firm Hitachi ABB Power Grids will provide state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) with high-performance grid stabilisation technology to help improve power quality and expand transmission capacity in the strategic Owainat development area in southwest Egypt, where desert wasteland is being reclaimed for agricultural use.

The strategic project will provide EETC with fully engineered solutions based on a 200-megavolt ampere (MVAR) STATCOM to be connected to the existing 220 kilovolt (kV) Owainat substation, thus enabling grid expansion and providing more power for rural development and a rapidly increasing population.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ technology and engineering capabilities will help the country reclaim untapped land in the vast Western Desert, where projects are underway to sustainably improve social and economic conditions for Egyptian communities.

Grid expansion and reliability are prerequisites for the government’s plan to make the country a regional hub for electricity exchange with Africa and Europe, also supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 7 – ensuring that all people have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy.

Commenting on the agreement, the country managing director for Egypt & North Africa at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Mohamed Hosseiny, said: “Hitachi ABB Power Grids is proud to support EETC in this strategic project, and to help drive efforts to meet Egypt’s 2030 vision of integrated, sustainable growth with a focus on the energy industry. With our solutions, we are helping our customers to transition towards a carbon-neutral energy system.”

Sabah Mashaly, the chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Hitachi ABB Power Grids as we believe they have the required expertise and capability to execute this project efficiently, and look forward to partnering on future projects.”

The Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ solution is Egypt’s first fully engineered power quality system. Based on a 200 MVAR STATCOM, it comprises an integrated SVC Light® static compensator, power transformers, control, protection and telecommunications system.

The solution will increase the grid’s power transfer capability by improving voltage stability and providing a smooth voltage profile under different network conditions.

The contract was inked in the presence of the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker.

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