Elsewedy Electric, the leading wire and cable and integrated energy solution provider in the Middle East and Africa signed an EPC contract in Niamey, Niger on 29 June 2012 with Sonitel, the Niger national telecommunications carrier, with a total contract value of $26m.
The project consists of the engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of a fibre optic cable system to create a new backbone link between three areas in Niger (Konni to Zinder, Konnito Tahoua and Konnito the Nigerian borders.)
Elsewedy Electric CEO Ahmed El Sewedy said; "We are extremely optimistic on the potential for Elsewedy Electric to assist Niger in developing its communication and power needs. The electrification rate in Niger stands at 4% with only 145MW of installed capacity. Niger is committed to have an installed capacity of about 350MW of electricity over the coming years and we believe this presents a great opportunity for Elsewedy Electric in that we will be able to support the Niger government to achieve its target and realise this growth. We are currently negotiating additional contracts with the Niger authorities in the power and communication fields."
The project completion date for the fibre optic cables system is expected to be within 12-15 months from the signing of the contract.