The project will improve supply and enhance
reliability of power across Sudan. Today, only around
60 percent of the population in Sudan has access to electricity.
This contract will be the first grid
stabilization of scale to be carried out in Sudan and will utilize Siemens
Energy’s Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM) technology. STATCOM regulates
the transmission variations automatically according to the grid conditions. The
solution will strengthen and stabilize the power grid by providing reactive
power compensation and dynamic voltage support.
“This project will support growth, jobs and economic
transformation,” Said Mahmoud Hanafy, Vice President, Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the
Middle East. “We are proud to contribute to this strategic project which is
critical to accelerate energy transition and foster power trade in both
countries. The project is also aligned with Siemens Energy’s commitment to
accelerate energy access and security in a sustainable and economically
One of the two stations will be built in the
capital of the state of Northern Sudan, Dongola. The second station will be
built in the town of Merowe, about 330 kilometers north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum,
where the Merowe High Dam is located. The Merowe High Dam is one of the largest
hydropower projects in Africa.
“This project will help Egypt export reliable
power to its neighbor, bringing it closer towards its goal of becoming a
regional power hub. We are proud to be part of this endeavor and to help Egypt
achieve its goals in the region,” said Emad Ghaly, Siemens Energy Egypt’s
Work will commence by March 2021 and the
project is expected to be complete within two years.
Cross-border interconnection projects are set to shape the future
of the power industry and transmission infrastructure. For example, HVDC and
HVAC technologies contribute to secure and stable transmission of power across
national grids that operate on different voltage and frequencies. Thus, they enable
power exchange between countries in order to to boost electricity, economic
growth, promote sustainable power generation and reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2019, Siemens Energy
has completed the energization of Toshka substation, which plays a strategic
role in Egypt-Sudan Electric Interconnection project. Egypt
has invested in maximizing the country’s power capacity. Siemens Energy’s mega
power plants enabled Egypt to boost its generation capacity by 40 percent in
less than three years. Now the country is looking to export the surplus energy
and become a regional energy hub.