30 Nov Foundation stone for EuroAfrica Interconnector – connecting the electricity grid of Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and Europe
Energy Expert, Mr. Hani el Noqrashi, also advisor to the President of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, on energy issues, announced on the 21st November 2018, that Egypt plans to lay down the foundation stone of the EuroAfrica Interconnector project before year-end 2018. (http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/60781/Egypt-to-lay-down-foundation-stone-of-EuroAfrica-Interconnector-project).
The EuroAfrica Interconnector is the 1.707 km sub-sea cable that will connect the electricity grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece with Europe, and will be the longest interconnector in the world, which the project will be completed by 2021.
Egypt will be connected with Cyprus with a 498-kilometre long cable. Cyprus will be connected with the Greek island of Crete with a 879-kilometre long cable. Crete will be connected with Attica in Greece with a 330-kilometre long cable providing a connection to the pan-European electricity grid. (https://egyptoil-gas.com/news/egypt-to-lay-down-foundation-stone-in-euroafrica-electricity-interconnector/).
Mr. Noqrashi, stated that Egypt will benefit, among other things, from exports of clean electricity to Cyprus and Greece, relying on the lowest cost of electricity production in Egypt.
The USD 4 billion project will allow Egypt to export half of the El Burullus power plant’s output to Cyprus and Greece via a 2.000 MW subsea power cable (http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/60781/Egypt-to-lay-down-foundation-stone-of-EuroAfrica-Interconnector-project).
The cable will have a depth of up to 3.000 metres (9,800 ft) under sea level in some areas between Crete and Cyprus and will have a capacity to transmit 2.000 megawatts of electricity in either direction.
It is important to note that the annual transmission capacity is 17.5 TWh, much more than the annual production of Aswan Dam (http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/60781/Egypt-to-lay-down-foundation-stone-of-EuroAfrica-Interconnector-project).
It is reported that everything is ready for the laying of the foundation stone at the point where the station from which the EuroAfrica Interconnector will start and end in Egypt and will be headed underwater to Cyprus and the station that will be built near Kofinou.
The exact date of the ceremony remains to be determined, mainly due to the schedules of the high officials from Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, who will attend and lay the foundation stone.
On another note, the benefits of the project for Cyprus includes the fact that it “ends the energy isolation of Cyprus as an EU member state…the last member of the European Union which remains fully isolated without any electricity or gas interconnections” (https://balkangreenenergynews.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/EuroAfrica-Interconnetcor-SUMMARY-and-BENEFITS.pdf).
President of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has strongly supported the work and has expressed the government’s commitment to the project (https://english.cyprustimes.com/business/process-of-euroafrica-interconnector-implementation-moves-forward/).
The significance of the EuroAfrica Interconnector, which is part of the European Union’s energy policy, is further depicted by the statement made by the President of EuroAfrica Interconnector, Nasos Ktorides, on how this inspired partnership can only bring benefits to the three participating nations. “Greece will increase its energy efficiency and will become a major player in the European energy arena, Cyprus will be an electricity hub in the south eastern Mediterranean and Egypt will become an important energy hub for Africa and electricity carrier for the European continent” (https://english.cyprustimes.com/business/process-of-euroafrica-interconnector-implementation-moves-forward/).
He continued to state that the EuroAfrica Interconnector has been described as “the most important interconnector of the 21st century”, and that most importantly, “this quest is a work of beauty and friendship” (https://www.euroafrica-interconnector.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/20170206-EuroAfrica-Interconnetcor-SPEECH-of-Mr-Ktorides.pdf).
The EuroAfrica project will consolidate Egypt’s position as an African energy hub and allow it to become an important electricity carrier for Europe (https://egyptoil-gas.com/news/egypt-to-lay-down-foundation-stone-in-euroafrica-electricity-interconnector/).