EuroAfrica Interconnector receives greenlight from the Republic of Cyprus
17 August 2020, the Republic of Cyprus issued the final building permission
for the Egypt-Cyprus
electricity interconnection (EuroAfrica
The first phase of the Egypt-Cyprus
a transmission capacity of 1 GW will approximately cost €1 billion. The
current permit also allows the construction of the HVDC converter, for
which Siemens is the preferred bidder.
The recent development
follows the approval of a 2 GW HVDC converter station and landing points
for the subsea cable that connects the electricity networks of Cyprus and
Egypt with Greece (Crete) and the EU, by the Cyprus Planning and Housing
Bureau in November 2019.
In June 2019, a 33-year
land lease agreement was signed at the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and
Industry for the construction of the HVDC converter station in Cyprus,
with the project developer having the option to renew the lease for two
more periods of 33 years each.
The developer has already
completed all necessary environmental, technical and other studies and
obtained all relevant permits from the Cyprus authorities.
will eventually connect Egypt with Europe, through Cyprus, creating an
energy hub for Africa and the Arab world.
electricity interconnector, like the Cyprus-Greece
is scheduled to go online by December 2023.