Egypt's New National Center for Energy Control to be completed in 2022



Thu, 10 Dec 2020 - 11:18 GMT


Thu, 10 Dec 2020 - 11:18 GMT

Austin Energy Control Center – Wikimedia Commons

Austin Energy Control Center – Wikimedia Commons

CAIRO – 10 December 2020: Siemens' Smart Infrastructure and Hassan Allam Holding formed a consortium that was granted a contract to build the New National Center for Energy Control in the New Administrative Capital.


The center is intended to monitor and manage high-voltage transmission lines (220 kV and 500 kV) as well as power plants all over the country. It will also estimate the suitable time for generating solar, wind, hydropower, and thermal energy.  


The project - worth €45 million – will be completed by the end of 2022, and was launched on December 8, 2020. The center is affiliated to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).


In 2019, Egypt generated 57,500 megawatts, and its annual capacity is estimated to become more than 60,000 megawatts in 2022. On the other hand, the consumption varies between 31,000 megawatts and 35,000 megawatts per annum. As such, the country achieves a surplus of 45.3 percent of the total electricity produced.


Egypt vies for upping the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to become 20 percent in 2022, and 42 percent in 2035. However, the 20 percent target share was achieved in 2020.


In 2019, Egypt generated 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy composing 11 percent of the total amount of electricity generated, which was 55,000 megawatts.


The amount of renewable energy generated in 2019 rose by 2,000 megawatts, and the mix included 2,835 megawatts of hydropower, 1,740 megawatts of solar energy, 1,375 megawatts of wind energy, and 12 megawatts of bioenergy.


Negotiations are underway to close deals that would give rise to projects generating wind and solar energy whereas the intended total capacity for the former is 1,200 megawatts, and 550 megawatts for the latter.


When such deals go into effect, Egypt's capacity of renewable energy will be 8,322 megawatts.



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