Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and global technology giant Siemens have agreed to supply the North African country with its first digital power transformer – “Siemens’ Sensformer,” aiming to boost energy reliability and efficiency of substations for the delta area, Invest-Gate reports.

Under the contract signed between both parties, 14 Sensformers will be provided to cover Nile Delta’s 500/220-kilovolt Kafr El Sheikh and New Zagazig governorates, “a highly loaded link of the transmission grid in northern Egypt,” Siemens said in an official statement on June 10.

The German industrial conglomerate’s scope of work involves engineering, designing, building, and setting up of the power transformers, as well as, site management and maintenance.

“To further support EETC’s priorities to ramp up capacity, the two companies have agreed to work on a fast-track work schedule to complete the project by May 2020,” read the statement.

Speaking of the deal, Senior Vice President of Siemens Transmission Products in the Middle East Rafiq Hussain stressed, “With this contract, we are excited to build on our long-standing partnership with the EETC in Egypt … We remain committed to enabling all our customers across the region to manage this new electricity landscape and build the power grid of the future.”

“The power industry is currently undergoing significant change with the evolution of energy networks into a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitalized systems. Our intelligent transformers pave the way for the Internet of Energy,” Hussain highlighted.

In addition to their primary task of transforming voltage, Sensformers act as information hubs for the power grid operators. They are also equipped with an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway to provide direct real-time measurements of oil level, top oil temperature, low voltage winding, and GPS location.