Saudi-Egypt Power Grid Link to Reduce Power Cuts

13 October 2010 (Last Updated October 13th, 2010 18:30)

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy in Egypt has invited tenders for the construction of power grid link to connect the country to Saudi Arabia . The project, valued at around $1.5bn, will include a 1,300km-long aerial cable, with 450km extending across Egypt, and 850km across Saudi

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy in Egypt has invited tenders for the construction of power grid link to connect the country to Saudi Arabia .

The project, valued at around $1.5bn, will include a 1,300km-long aerial cable, with 450km extending across Egypt, and 850km across Saudi Arabia, with each country bearing the construction costs for its own territory.

The amount of electricity exchanged between the two countries will be the same in order to overcome price differences, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Ministry spokesperson Aktham Abul Ela said the project will solve the problem of power cuts in the countries.

About 3,000MW of electricity will be exchanged a day.