GE has signed a $250m contract to inject 7 GW of power to the Egyptian electricity grid.

The deal with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) will see GE provide its grid solutions to four substations.

The resulting boost will reinforce the country’s national grid and provide enough electricity to power 6.5 million homes.

The agreement with EETC was witnessed by French president François Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The contract is part of a Protocol of Cooperation signed during Hollande’s presidential visit to Egypt, as French components make up approximately 50 per cent of the total project scope.GE signs Egypt grid deal

The project is being executed in a consortium with Egyptian contractor Rowad Modern Engineering. A first phase, which includes one of the substations, will be connected to the grid within six months with the remaining three substations completed by the end of 2017.

Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker, said: “Egypt’s generation capacity has significantly increased over the last two years. Additionally we’re moving towards a more diversified energy mix which drives us to find ways to boost the efficiency and stability of Egypt’s national grid. Through GE’s advanced technological solutions, we will be able to better manage and transmit power nationwide.”

As part of the contract, GE will also supply a digital data protection system, network management system and telecommunication technologies, which will help connect the substations to the National Energy Control Centre and improve the network’s stability.

Ayman Khattab, president of GE North East Africa, said:  “We are keen to support the government’s initiatives in the energy sector in both generation and transmission, in order to offer a more stable supply of electricity to Egyptian homes.”