French Ambassador visits Schneider Electric's Badr City plant, inspects manufacturing of Smart RMUs used in Egypt's distribution and control centers
Romatet: The presence of a company as big as Schneider Electric in Egypt proves that France is ready to be part of Egypt’s economy transformation
Eng. Walid Sheta: We produce SF6-free medium voltage switches, and Badr City plant to produce no carbon emissions by 2025
Cairo, 13 December 2020- The French Ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet, has paid a visit to the regional plant of Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, in Badr City, which came with the aim of strengthening the Egyptian-French bilateral relations in the economic fields, as well as supporting French investments and companies operating in Egypt.
During their tour inside the plant, the French ambassador and his accompanying delegation inspected the different stages of manufacturing low and medium voltage electricity distribution panels, and were given an explanation by Eng. Mohamed El Hefnawy, Executive Director of Marketing at Schneider Electric for the Energy Sector in North Africa and the Levant, about the stages of manufacturing the Smart ring main units (RMU) used in implementing 14 electrical distribution and control centers, which were awarded to Schneider Electric under an agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy as the first smart grid at the state level in the Middle East. El Hefnawy highlighted that the Smart RMUs represent an innovative solution that help overcome the challenges of electrical distribution and protect the transformers connected to them if a network problem occurs, a part of the network is disconnected, or if a part of the network is disconnected during maintenance. He added that this helps reduce operating costs and achieve efficiency and reliability in network performance.
Mr. Romatet also visited the Innovation Hub inside Schneider Electric plant, which showcases a range of smart solutions provided by Schneider Electric through the EcoStruxure technology for the various sectors of energy management, industrial control and engineering services, which are based on IoT technology and information management.
During his visit, Mr. Romatet was particularly interested in reviewing all the precautionary measures taken by the plant to ensure the safety of its workers following the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. These measures include providing personal protective equipment and sanitizers for all workers, next to daily sterilization of the factory after each shift and during the weekend. As for the bus fleet, the company's buses are sterilized every day before transporting employees while sanitizers and face masks are available for employees on board the busses and are encouraged to always wear the masks and use the sanitizers regularly.
French Ambassador Stephane Romatet stated:” The presence of a company as big as Schneider Electric in Egypt and the investments it makes and the job it creates in Egypt is evidence that France is ready to be part of the Egyptian economy transformation.”
During the visit, Eng. Walid Sheta, Regional Cluster President of Egypt, North East Africa and Levant said: “The Egyptian-French relations are characterized by their sophistication and diversity across all fields. For more than thirty years since launching its operations in Egypt, Schneider Electric has considered the country a regional hub for its business in East Africa and the Levant. Through the Schneider Electric's Badr plant, we export nearly 30% of our production to 10 Arab and African countries, and we plan to increase this number to 13 countries in the coming period”.
"Schneider Electric is keen to preserve the environment and reduce carbon emissions by innovating in products that are free of SF6, which is a greenhouse gas that leads to global warming and increases global warming. Schneider Electric provided the medium voltage switches, which is the main component in the electrical distribution networks, free of SF6 gas, which represents an important step towards providing more environmentally friendly products. Our ambition is to have the Badr plant free of carbon emissions by 2025,” he stressed.
Eng. Sheta added: “Schneider Electric has an ambitious plan to bolster its operations in Egypt, with our direct investments hitting 35 million euros over the last two years. The company's total investments in Egypt amounted to 300 million euros over the last 30 years, which include the construction of its new plant in Badr City for the production of low and medium-voltage distribution panels, in addition to its a new distribution center in Tenth of Ramadan City, which includes 270 new employees. We have recently invested 10 million euros to raise the production capacity of Badr plant and we are currently in the process of increasing the percentage of local components in manufacturing, which stands currently at 40-60%”.
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