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Siemens Energy to build grid stabilisation stations in Sudan

Sudan, Khartoum: Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Sudanese Electricity Transmission Company (SETC) have awarded Siemens Energy a contract.

Siemens Energy is to build grid stabilisation stations in Sudan, which will stabilise the grid and ensure a reliable flow of power from Egypt to Sudan.

The contract will be the first grid stabilisation of scale to be carried out in Sudan and will utilise Siemens Energy’s Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM) technology.

STATCOM regulates the transmission variations automatically according to the grid conditions. The solution will strengthen and stabilise the power grid by providing reactive power compensation and dynamic voltage support.

“This project will support growth, jobs, and economic transformation,” said Mahmoud Hanafy, the vice president of Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the Middle East.

One of the two stations will be built in the capital of the state of Northern Sudan, Dongola. The second station will be built in the town of Merowe, about 330 km north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, where the Merowe High Dam is located. The Merowe High Dam is one of the largest hydropower projects in Africa.

“This project will help Egypt export reliable power to its neighbour, bringing it closer towards its goal of becoming a regional power hub. We are proud to be part of this endeavour and to help Egypt achieve its goals in the region,” said Emad Ghaly, Siemens Energy Egypt’s managing director.

Cross-border interconnection projects are set to shape the future of the power industry and transmission infrastructure. For example, HVDC and HVAC technologies contribute to secure and stable transmission of power across national grids that operate on different voltage and frequencies. Thus, they enable power exchange between countries in order to boost electricity, economic growth, promote sustainable power generation and reduce CO2 emissions.

 

Source: Siemens Energy