Helping Egypt with More Electricity Flow from Wind Farm to Grid
There’s a lot of power in Egypt’s wind, and the Gabal El Zayt Wind Farm is converting more and more of it into electricity. However, before getting to consumers, the electricity must pass through a substation that GE is expanding to handle the higher capacity.
Already one of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest wind farms, Gabal El Zayt will soon be able to deliver an additional 120 megawatts (MW) of power to Egypt’s national grid, once the substation work is completed at the end of 2018.
GE Power first commissioned the Gabal El Zayt 22/220 kilovolt (kV) substation in 2014, and this will be the facility’s second extension. Upon the completion of the extension, the gas-insulated substation’s total capacity will increase to 540 MW with plans to add another 40 MW in the near future.
The upgraded substation is not only helping Egypt get ready for more electricity, that will be particularly important giving the country’s growing supply of renewable power from intermittent sources such as solar and wind.
“This project reflects our efforts to continue upgrading Egypt’s national grid to deliver the increasing energy supply required and to support the diversification of the country’s energy mix,” said Eng. Gamal Abdel Rehim, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).
The extension will leverage GE Power’s Grid Solutions portfolio, which includes GE’s B105 220 kV gas-insulated switchgear, in addition to medium and low-voltage systems, control and protection systems and auxiliary services.
GE also will provide local project management, engineering, design, fabrication, the erection of power transformers, site management, testing and commissioning services on a turnkey basis.