EuroAfrica Interconnector receives greenlight from the Republic of Cyprus

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On 17 August 2020, the Republic of Cyprus issued the final building permission for the Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnection (EuroAfrica Interconnector).
The first phase of the
Egypt-Cyprus interconnection with 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.  The EuroAfrica Interconnector will eventually connect Egypt with Europe, through Cyprus, creating an energy hub for Africa and the Arab world. The Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnector, like the Cyprus-Greece interconnector, is scheduled to go online by December 2023.

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