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Schneider Electric signs two deals for low/medium-voltage switchgear at Cairo, Assiut power plants

Cairo, January 21, 2018 : Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has signed two LE 100 million deals to install low- and medium-voltage AIS switchgears at two supercritical power plants in Cairo and Assiut.

Schneider Egypt has been working closely with the Egyptian government to bolster its energy development plans, offering global energy management technologies and backing Egypt's strategy for boosting traditional and renewable energy production, said Khaled Kamel, Schneider Electric's Energy Directors for North East Africa and the Levant.

Installing the low- and medium-voltage switchgears at Cairo West Supercritical Power Plant and Assuit Supercritical Power Station, and linking them to the country's national grid will take around a year, Kamel added.

Present at the signing ceremony on Thursday was a number of officials from Schneider Electric Egypt and the country's electricity sector, including Schneider's Energy Director for North East Africa and the Levant Khaled Kamel, Chairman of Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) Gaber Desouky, Schneider's Officer of Energy and Renewable Energy Sales Walid El-guindy, Chairman of Cairo Electricity Production Company Mohamed Mokhtar and Chairman of Upper Egypt Electricity Production Company Ibrahim El-Shahat.

The two stations are part of the government's plan to boost the country's power generation and ensure electricity supply meets growing demands, said Gaber Desouky, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC).

Each power block is comprised of a supercritical pressure boiler and a 650 MW sub-critical turbine generator unit that uses natural gas and/or heavy fuel oil.
The Assiut station will be connected to the national grid through a 500 kV GIS switchyard, while the Cairo West station will be linked to the system through a 500/220 kV switchyard.

"Schneider has been offering its latest global energy management technologies to bolster the Egyptian energy sector. The signing of the two deals is part of ongoing cooperation with local power companies that has seen Schneider take part in the construction of Sidi Krei, Banha, Al-Shabab, Damietta, West Damietta, Assiut and Tebeen power stations," explains Walid El-Guindy, Officer of Energy and Renewable Energy Sales at Schneider Electric Egypt.

The West Cairo station is expected to come into operation in December 2019 while the Assiut station will be operational a month later, in January 2020.

The project contracting plan is based on a multi-package system, with 16 packages and purchase orders procuring equipment and services for the Cairo station and 17 packages for the Assiut plant.