Egypt orders 14 million Euro electricity dispatch centre

An Alstom-led consortium has won a 14 million Euro turnkey contract to build and design the largest regional electricity dispatch centre in Egypt.

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), owned by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, has called upon Alstom’s Transmission & Distribution Sector (T&D) to build the centre, which will supervise and control the entire electrical network covering the West Delta region, which borders the Nile River.

Egypt’s 220/66kV transmission network connects with five large power plants, includes 65 substations and is currently monitored by a collection of small dispatch centres, none of which cover the West Delta region.

Alstom’s scope of the contract, the first of its kind signed with the EETC, includes SCADA and EMS systems, e-terra software as well as commissioning, training and testing services. In addition, Alstom T&D will install its MiCOM range of protection and control relays around the network to supply essential information to the dispatch centre.

Alstom’s partner, Electro Tharwat, one of Egypt’s largest civil and electromechanical construction companies, will carry out all civil and erection work for the dispatch centre, which is scheduled for completion in September 2005.

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