Electricity power lines- REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol Electricity power lines- REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol

Egypt to lay down foundation stone of EuroAfrica Interconnector project this month

Wed, Nov. 21, 2018
BERLIN - 21 November 2018: Egypt plans to lay down the foundation stone of the EuroAfrica Interconnector project this month, said energy expert Hani el Noqrashi Wednesday.

The project involves Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.

Egypt will benefit from exporting a high-value product as electricity to Greece and Cyprus, Noqrashi told MENA in Berlin.

The four-billion-dollar project will start from New Borolus power plant in Egypt that will pump half of its production in a 2,000 MW subsea power cable to Cyprus and Greece.

Egypt will be connected with Cyprus with a 498-kilometre long cable. Cyprus will be connected with the Greek island of Crete with a 879-kilometre long cable. Crete will be connected with Attica in Greece with a 330-kilometre long cable providing a connection to the pan-European electricity grid.

The depth of the cable will be up to 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) under sea level in some areas between Crete and Cyprus. It will have a capacity to transmit 2,000 megawatts of electricity in either direction. Annual transmission capacity is 17.5 TWh, much more than the annual production of Aswan Dam.

The 1,707-kilometre cable will transform Egypt to an energy hub for Africa and an electricity carrier for the European continent.
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