CAIRO, Egypt, The first stage of the electricity interconnection project, between Egypt and Sudan, will be completed by the end of Jan, 2019, the spokesman of the Egyptian electricity ministry, said.

"Operation tests are expected to start by the end of Jan, 2019," said Ayman Hamza, the spokesman of Egypt's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, noting that, the cost of the project is about 6.7 million U.S. dollars.

Hamza's remarks came, following a meeting between Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker, and Sudanese Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Kedir Kesem, in Cairo, on Tuesday, to discuss cooperation between the two countries, in the field of electricity.

Hamza added that, the linkage line is about 100 km long, and the 100-MW transmission line, in the first phase, is 220 KV and will be raised to about 500 KV in the second phase.

The project comes in line with Egypt's plan to become a regional energy hub.

Egypt has signed contracts of electricity interconnection lines with Saudi Arabia, that are scheduled to begin operation in 2021, with a capacity of up to 3,000 MW. The first phase is expected to start within the first half of 2019, and to begin operation in 2020, with a capacity of 1,200 MW.

Egypt is already electrically interconnected with Jordan and Libya, and it also signed a memorandum of understanding for power interconnection with Cyprus and Greece.

Source: NAM News Network