Key contracts for the Egypt–Saudi Arabia high voltage direct current (HVDC) link have been awarded by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) – the respective transmission network developers of the two countries.
The project entails the construction of a ±500 kV multi-terminal HVDC link from Badr in Egypt to El-Madinah El Munawara via Tabuk in Saudi Arabia. The interconnector will have a transfer capacity of 3,000 MW. The link will comprise 1,350 km of overhead lines and 22 km of undersea cables running through the Gulf of Aqaba. It will allow both countries to capitalise on the differences in their peak power demand, times, facilitate trade, and lead to cost savings of around USD3.7 billion. The project is worth USD1.8 billion and will become operational from 2024.