Hitachi ABB Power Grids leads a consortium that has won an order to supply a connection line between Saudi Arabia and Egypt that can increase the supply of renewable energy.
The contract between the Saudi Electricity Company and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company provides for a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) connection so that countries can exchange up to 3 GW of electricity.
Much of the electricity is expected to be generated from renewable energy sources in the future, Hitachi told ABB Power Grids.
The link will support the flow of electricity in multiple directions between three terminals and will be the first link to enable electricity to be exchanged between the two countries.
The order includes the delivery of three HVDC converter stations in Medina and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia and Badr in Egypt, including system studies, design and engineering, transformers, valves, high voltage equipment, technical advice, commissioning and service.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver the project in collaboration with two consortium partners, Saudi Services for Electro Mechanic Works and Orascom Construction in Egypt.
The HVDC link will give Egypt access to the interconnected power grids of the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia access to those of North Africa, while enhancing grid resilience and security of power supply.