The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Corporation (EETC) and GE Grid Solution, a General Electric (GE) company, signed a contract to establish a monitoring center in the Benban Solar Park in Aswan, Al-Ahram reported.
The center will be built over an area of 400 square meters within the Benban 3 transformers substation. It will serve the stations, working according to the feed-in tariff (FiT) system, to monitor the quality of power generation in what is set to be the world’s largest solar power complex once completed.
The new center will be monitoring and forecasting production levels, collecting data from the different stations and presenting it in real-time, in order to coordinate between the stations and the National Energy Control Center.
International specialized companies were invited to bid their offers for the project. Now, the technical and financial evaluation has been completed, and the winning bidding offer has been approved, according to the Chairwoman of EETC, Sabah Mashali.
The project will be funded by companies building the solar park, as per the cost-sharing agreement, with a total value of EGP 89 million ($5.4 million). The execution time will be around eight months, Mashali noted.
The Benban Solar Park has attracted more than $2 billion in private sector investments from local and international companies, according to the President of the World Bank (WB), David Malpass. It has a production capacity of 1.8 gigawatts (GW).