Germany-based Siemens Energy has been picked by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to connect Alexandria’s Bashayer El Khair residential project with the country’s national grid, Invest-Gate reports.

The substation will help supply electrical power to more than 25,000 residential properties (i.e. 250 apartment buildings and service centers), while also aiming to improve the buoyancy of Egypt’s power transmission network, according to the company’s press release on September 8.

According to the statement, the German energy provider will carry out the design, engineering, construction, installation, and commissioning of the 66/11-kilovolt station that will be delivered on a turnkey basis.

The scope of work includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), installation and commissioning of power transformers, control systems, as well as protection and telecommunication equipment. The project will be fast-tracked to be operational by July 2021, it added.

Senior Vice President of Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the Middle East Mahmoud Hanafy stated, “This project comes as part of our commitment to support the government in strengthening the transmission capacity of Egypt’s electricity network, and help reinforce the grid and enhance power supply to meet the increasing demand for electricity from residential and commercial consumers due to growing urbanization in Egypt.”

Meanwhile, Managing Director of Siemens Energy in Egypt Emad Ghaly indicated, “An efficient and robust electricity network is an essential part of Egypt’s vision to drive long-term economic growth. We are pleased to build on our long-lasting relationship with the EETC and be part of this project that will upgrade the lives of many in Alexandria.”

Bashayer El Khair is part of a national project to create new communities and present quality homes for those living in the informal settlements of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. In September 2016, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had inaugurated Bashayer El Khair 1, at a combined cost of almost EGP 1.2 bn, before the opening of phase II in late 2018.