Taqa starts operations at new Egypt substation
Cairo, January 21, 2013
Taqa Power, Egypt’s first privately licensed power developer and operator and a Citadel company, said it has begun operations at its 120 MVA substation in Nabq area to cater to the increasing tourist demand in South Sinai.
Taqa Power is a branch of Taqa Arabia, Citadel Capital’s full-service energy distribution platform with a focus on gas and electricity distribution and fuels marketing.
With this new EGP200 million ( $88 million) substation, Taqa will be the first privately licensed power developer to provide electricity to the 35 million sq m tourist development on the Red Sea Coast.
“We are very pleased to be launching this crucial project, particularly at a time when Egypt’s energy consumption is growing so rapidly. Private-sector-led projects such as the Nabq Substation will be the key to meeting Egypt’s growing demand for electricity,” remarked Khaled Abu Bakr, the chief executive officer of Taqa Arabia.
“We are grateful for the continued support of the Ministry of Electricity as we work to be ‘part of the solution’ to ensure that Egypt has reliable access to energy - and by helping develop the infrastructure that is key to both attracting investors and to the growth of the tourism industry.”
With a capacity of 120 MVA, which is expandable to 160 MVA and upgradable to 375 MVA, the substation’s current voltage level is 66/22 KV upgradable to 220/66/22 KV.
The project has been designed to cover both the current and future electricity needs of the entire 35 million-square-meter Nabq tourism center.
The rapidly growing tourist development, located near Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, currently includes around 100 resorts as well as residential and commercial projects.
The substation will extend an electricity distribution network to all of Nabq’s tourism, commercial and residential facilities, including a number of mega development projects currently under construction such as City Stars Nabq and Porto Sharm.
Dr Magdy Saleh, the managing director of Taqa Power said, as per the agreement, the company will purchase electricity from the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company at Egyptian electricity unified grid prices, then distribute it to its customers within the Nabq tourism center.
According to him, the design and tendering of the project began in the second half of 2009 and construction commenced in 2010. The substation began operations last week.
“We are fully aware of the impact that our operations have on the surrounding environment and we are seeking to invest in renewable energy including wind and solar power generation,” said Saleh.
“The company is also looking into the possibility of generating power from agricultural waste,” he added.
Taqa Power had recently signed the Medgrid Industrial Partnership with 12 leading companies from Europe. The alliance of leading industrial partners involved in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity aims to work together to come up with clean, renewable, alternative energy sources for North Africa.-TradeArabia News Service
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