• Caspar Herzberg: This smart grid will form the backbone of Egypt’s energy network for decades to come
• Eng. Walid Sheta: As a global company, we are keen on investing in national projects, while maximizing leverage from human capabilities and localizing the industry
• Eng. Sherif Abdelfattah: A smart grid network is key for fulfilling the needs of the Egyptian state to achieve its growth plans
• Eng. Mohamed ElHefnawy: Leveraging EcoStruxure technology to ensure smart and reliable management of electricity grids
Cairo, July 2020 - Schneider Electric, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, signed with Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation a contract on the establishment of 14 distribution control centers for electricity distribution networks. The agreement comes within the framework of the national plan to establish and develop distribution and control centers (DCCs) for national smart grids, and to raise the level of safe electricity supply, as well as the quality of the national electricity distribution network.
Recently, Schneider Electric had won the tender for the establishment of 14 distribution and control centers, aimed at establishing the Middle East’s first-ever country-wide smart grid over a period of 30 months. The implementation of those centers is carried out in three phases: the first includes 4 centers at a cost of EGP 4.6 billion, while the second and third include 5 centers each. The distribution and control centers will be distributed on North and South Cairo, Alexandria, Delta, Sharm El Shiekh, Hurgada, Menya and Ismailia. The agreement also includes the installation of more than 12,000 smart ring main units in ten governorates.
Dr. Shaker stated that a plan was established to build and develop 47 control centers in the electricity distribution networks distributed at the level of electricity distribution companies, covering all parts of the country with a total initial cost of about 2 billion euros which will be implemented in several stages.
The Minister pointed out that taking advantage of the various technologies offered by advanced companies to implement the first stage of the project, maximizing local participation and reaching the best offers and lowest prices.
Dr. Shaker also added that the implementation of the first stage coincides with the progress taking place in the networks at the level of the country to achieve the maximum benefit from the project of Distribution Control Centers where the implementation of the following stages of the project will be in addition to trainings in this field to prepare qualified and reliable technical manpower to ensure the success of the following stages.
“We’re proud of the contributions that we are making towards Egypt, its people and development,” said Caspar Herzberg, President Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric. “This smart grid will form the backbone of Egypt’s energy network for decades to come. It’s going to future-proof the country’s electricity requirements and will fast forward the country’s adoption of renewable solutions. This project will become a global example of the impact that smart grids can have on efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
Eng. Walid Sheta, Regional Cluster President of Egypt, North East Africa and Levant at Schneider Electric, said that he takes pride in the close cooperation between Schneider Electric and the Egyptian government, adding that Schneider Electric, as a global company, is keen to invest in Egypt's national projects, including the tie-up with the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy to upgrade the national electricity grid, as well as support Egypt's economic growth, and maximize the leverage from human capabilities and localization of the industry in Egypt, especially as Schneider Electric relies on local components in the manufacture of the control centers.
Sheta added: "Schneider Electric has been operating in Egypt for more than 30 years and continue to believe in the vital significance of electricity in enabling continuity of life and in achieving sustainable development. It has participated in various national projects in Egypt, through its production lines and digital technology in management, monitoring and maintenance operations. Thanks to the opportunities it provides for investors, Egypt has become a hub for Schneider Electric's operations in the Middle East and Africa, with more than 30% of the company's production exported to 10 Arab and African countries".
For his part, Eng. Sherif Abdelfattah, Vice Chairman of Schneider Electric Egypt, said: "With increased consumption of energy in Egypt, especially in light of the drive for economic growth to achieve Egypt's Vision 2030, it was vital to have a smart grid that can meet the country’s long-term energy needs and to subsequently support its growth plans, and which are marked by reliability, consistency and minimum times and duration of power failures".
Abdelfattah also highlighted Schneider Electric reliance on the local product in manufacturing operations, including RM6 units that will be used in the manufacture of distribution and control centers, through their design, in order to meet the requirements and improve the operational performance of networks, the safety of supplies, and the continuity of services that are not affected by environmental changes, as they have great reliability in performance and can operate in all energy needs up to 24 kV. He also stated that electrical transformers are equipped with protection through nearly a million functions installed in secondary distribution applications for the underground medium voltage.
Eng. Mohamed ElHefnawy, Director for Marketing, Schneider Electric North Africa and Levant, stated: "In control centers, Schneider Electric relies on its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to monitor, control, and reconfigure the network, through the use of big data and artificial intelligence. The company will also leverage its EcoStruxure Grid technology, thanks to its ability to monitor and control the components of the electrical grid, coupled with prompt response to emergency technical issues and reduction of downtime an network loss, in addition to planning for future loads and improving the quality of offered services, while carrying out proactive maintenance for the continuous electric feeding in accordance with international standards. This will empower the electrical distribution companies will run the network and operate the grids effectively in areas that will be equipped with the new control centers"
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