ABB to upgrade and digitalise Egypt’s power grid

suezA reliable supply of electricity plays a critical role in operating the Suez Canal. (Image source: Harry and Rowena Kennedy/Flickr)ABB has been selected by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to help upgrade and digitalise the electrical grid in the Port Said region

Located along the country’s Mediterranean coast this Port region includes the landmark Suez Canal.

The scope of supply includes an ABB Ability™ Network Manager Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Energy Management System (EMS), more than 120 Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and a fiber-optic communications network to monitor and control the grid more efficiently.

The initiative is part of the country’s efforts to upgrade and modernise its power grid. A reliable supply of electricity plays a critical role in operating the Suez Canal, a major artery for global commerce, through which about 17,000 ships pass annually carrying up to 800mn tonnes of cargo.

Demand for electricity is growing fast in the area as a result of rapid urbanisation and economic growth. In addition, the country has set ambitious targets for the roll-out and expansion of renewable electricity generation as well as transmission infrastructure over the next few years.

Commenting on the occasion of contract signing, Egypt’s minister of electricity and renewable energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker, highlighted the need to strengthen the power grid and address the growing demand for electricity.

The ABB Ability™ Network Manager SCADA/EMS helps monitor and control the network to ensure high system reliability and optimize efficiency. The mission-critical communication network provides a back-bone where real-time data from equipment in the field can be quickly and reliably leveraged in the “control room,” maximising efficient operations. The order is part of a larger project to upgrade the grid in Egypt and will be handled by a consortium composed of ABB and El Sewedy Electric.

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