Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker inaugurates the Control Center of South Sinai, located in Sharm El Sheikh and built and equipped by Schneider Electric’s solutions, Invest-Gate reports.
The first phase of the Center’s pre-opening comes on the sidelines of the Climate Change Conference (COP27).
The opening is attended by Gaber Desouky, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, in the presence of a number of the ministry’s officials and Schneider Electric team led by Sebastien Riez, Cluster President of Schneider Electric Northeast Africa & Levant, and Mohamed El Sotouhy, Director of the Control Centers Program at Schneider Electric.
The announcement aligns with the Country’s strategy to develop the national electricity distribution network to become the first smart grid in the Middle East and promote sustainability.
These distribution control centers, renovated and digitized by Schneider Electric; help reduce CO2 emissions by around 3,200 tons per distribution control center annually. This leads to reducing carbon footprint, promoting sustainability, ensuring energy efficiency, reducing technical losses by 5% and reducing power generation by almost 2%.
Further, Schneider Electric reveals that it has already finalized the first phase of the Distribution Control Center in Sharm El Sheikh and is currently working on the final execution phases of the four distribution control centers that are already operating in New Cairo, Nasr City, Dokki and 6th of October with a total cost of EGP 4.6 bn.
A total of 3,900 electrical sites of the distribution network were renovated including electrical kiosks, distribution points and substations. Additionally, Schneider Electric has signed the Construction Completion Certificate (CCC) for North Cairo distribution centers (namely New Cairo and Nasr City) and 6th of October and is currently working on the final phases (Availability Test) before the full delivery of the project.
It is worth mentioning that the renovation and digitizing of the control centers come as part of the mutual agreement between the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Schneider Electric to build and renovate a number of distribution control centers across the country using its EcoStruxure Grid and ADMS software.