Egypt is expected to complete a project aimed at linking its power grids with Saudi Arabia at the end of December 2018. The power linkage project aims to generate around 3,000MW of power.

Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ahmed Mehanna, told Amwal Al Ghad that Egypt is carrying out another project to link its electricity grids with Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to generate 450MW, and with Libya with 160MW.

In 2013, Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed an agreement of around $1.6b to link their electricity grids, a project that will allow power trading between the two countries. It will help exchange energy between both nations in peak hours, to a maximum of 3,000MW, as well as help them export surpluses in electricity.

Electricity consumption in Egypt usually surges during the summer, exacerbated both by the hot weather and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which this year fell on the 27th of May.