Kema to upgrade Egypt’s electricity control centre

16 September 2008
Dutch consultant Kema has been selected for the project to upgrade Egypt’s National Energy Control Centre, according to Hafez el-Salmawy, managing director of the Egyptian Electric Utility & Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency.

Kema will provide support in developing the technical specifications for the tools and software needed to upgrade the control centre.

The planned upgrade is part of the country’s wider plans to move towards a liberalised electricity market.

In June, the authority introduced a grid access tariff that will be paid by electricity producers using the transmission network.

Ultra-high-voltage users will pay £E0.019 ($0.0035) a kWh, while high-voltage users will pay £E0.047 a kWh. Producers connected to the network at medium voltage will pay £E0.057 a kWh.

Low-voltage users will not join the competitive market in the first phase.

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