How will green cheap electricity come from Egypt to Europe

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By Haris Fludopoulos

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An important step in the direction of the maturation of the electrical interconnection project between Greece and Egypt took place yesterday, with the meeting of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi with the president of the Copelouzos group Dimitris Copelouzos in Egypt.

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The project is envisaged to interconnect the electricity systems of Egypt and Europe via Greece to transport 100% green energy. It is noted that there are great possibilities for the transfer of clean-green energy produced in Egypt to Europe via Greece. Egypt’s total installed RES capacity will increase to 61,000 MW by 2035 from 5,800 MW installed today. The transmission capacity of the project will be 3,000 MW of clean energy produced by RES in Egypt.

The interconnection has an estimated budget of 3.569 billion euros and includes: The installation of 3,000 MW voltage source conversion stations at both ends of the link near the WADI EL NATROON EHV substation in Egypt and near the substation terminals (Attica – Greece). Today, the Mesogeion KYT and the Agios Stefanos KYT are qualifying in order to avoid local congestion. The converter type is voltage source (VSC). The underwater cable is planned to be of extrusion type (XLPE insulation) synthetic armor, ±500kV voltage and aluminum (Al) conductor. As regards the lengths of the interconnection, this will include a 500 km overhead line between the WADI EL NATROON Conversion Station and EL SALLUM and a 10 km long underground cable to the coast. The new alternative route between EL SALLUM and Keratea is 921 km and the EL SALLUM N. Makris route 954 km long. Finally, the length of the underground cables in Attica is 18.7 km and 29.8 km, respectively. The maximum sea depth that the cable will reach is 2,712 meters.

It is worth noting that the project has already been included in the ten-year network development plan (TYNDP 2022) of ENTSO – E, leading to the nomination for the 6th PCI list, thus satisfying the criterion set by Regulation 347/2013 for cross-border impact, with the enhancement of transmission capacity between Greece and EU countries by 700 MW.

Regarding the end, in the construction time of the project, it is estimated that it can be implemented within a period of 2.5 years.

Source: Capital

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