The Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker has announced that for the first time in the world, underwater cables will be laid at a depth of 2.5 kilometers as part of the electricity interconnection project with Italy. He clarified that the globally accepted standard for underwater cable installation is a maximum depth of 1.5 kilometers.
Shaker highlighted one of the advantages of the electrical interconnection between Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy. He explained that the maximum load on the Egyptian national grid occurs during the summer months, while in Europe, the peak load is experienced in winter. This makes this interconnection line a secure means of supplying European citizens with electrical power.
The minister emphasized that the objective of the electrical interconnection projects is to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources. These projects aim to optimize the electricity mix at both the national and regional levels. Shaker further stated that Egypt aims to become a global energy hub within the next 10 years.
Shaker believes that the electrical interconnection projects, in general, receive significant attention from the Egyptian political leadership. The specific interconnections with Cyprus, Greece, and Italy are of particular interest. He revealed that the goal of these projects is to implement the state’s plan for transforming Egypt into a global energy hub. With the robustness and quality of the national electricity grid, Egypt can expand its electrical interconnection projects, serving as a vital conduit for electricity transmission from Africa to Europe in the future.