The Government of Egypt has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to companies for the construction of a 500kV electricity transmission line.

The double circuit transmission line will stretch from the Gulf of Suez to Samalaut – a distance of 280 kilometres.

The line will connect the planned 250MW Gulf of Suez wind farm to the grid. Ten developers have been shortlisted to build the project.

Garrad Hassan was selected in July to collect 12 months’ of wind data at the site. Once research is complete, a developer will be selected and the construction of the wind farm project will begin.

The winning contractor for the transmission line will be responsible for the design, supply, construction, installation and testing of all components. This includes towers, conductors, insulators, ground wire, protection and civil works.

Interested parties have until 9 September to respond to the RFQ. The government expects to issue an invitation to bid to prequalified firms in March 2011.

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) is the government body overseeing the project.

EETC has applied to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for a loan to cover part of the project costs.