Covid-19 delays Saudi-Egypt Interconnector

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has extended the tender closing date for the contract to build the infrastructure for its Saudi-Egypt interconnector. The tender for
the proposed link was issued at the end of February 2020 . Seven companies were invited to participate in the bidding process namely: El Sewedy, State Grid, Kalpataru, Hyundai, NCC, L&T, and KEC.

All the contracts were expected to be signed before the end of May 2020. However, now they might be delayed for approximately 40 days.
The project is aiming for a daily exchange of 3 GW of electricity at peak times.

The current stage includes completing the tenders put forward to implement project tasks which were agreed upon separately. All contracts will be signed at the end of May 2020, said EETC Head, Sabah Mashali in previous statements to an Egyptian news outlet.
Mashali added that a consulting company was chosen to carry out the marine survey of the cables’ track for the electrical interconnection project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, after modifying it to implement the “NEOM” project.

In a new marine survey, the consulting company has determined the point at which cables will descend based on a path Saudi Arabia sent to the EETC.
The project is estimated to cost $1600 million, of which Saudi will share $1000 million. Each country would bear the cost of the work  done on its land.

This is the third delay in the
project so far; due to political instability in Egypt, and recently to changes in line's route to adjust with Saudi Arabia's NEOM gigaproject.