Egypt’s Electricity Ministry has begun work on electricity interconnection projects with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria, in a bid to export the surplus power, government officials told Al Borsa News.

The ministry is expecting the country’s surplus electricity to increase to 10 MW, up from the current 5.5MW, once Siemens power plants in Beni Suef, Borollos, and the New Capital are completed.

Furthermore, Gamal Abdel Rehim, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company said that the government’s plan is to strengthen electricity transmission networks in Upper Egypt through establishing modern power transmission lines or new stations. It is expected that three 220 kV transformer stations will be completed by the beginning of Q2 of 2017.