Hitachi Energy has signed an agreement with Vestas to deliver a grid integration solution to connect the 250 megawatt Gulf of Suez 1 wind farm in Egypt to the national power grid.
The solution will collect all the power generated by the 70 Vestas wind turbines and feed it safely and reliably into the high-voltage power grid for transmission across the country, helping to advance Egypt’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure. It will ensure the power is transferred constantly at the correct voltage and frequency, even under variable wind conditions when the power generated fluctuates.
The supply also includes 220 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), power transformers, control and protection, substation automation and communication systems.
Gulf of Suez 1 is part of the Egyptian government’s plan to produce 20 percent of its installed capacity from renewable sources by 2022 and 42 percent by 2035. The wind farm will generate around 1,000 gigawatt-hours of clean energy and avoid the emission of 560,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, while producing enough renewable energy to power almost 300,000 Egyptian homes.
“We are proud to be contributing to Egypt’s efforts to transition to renewable energy,” says Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Our grid integration and power quality solutions and expertise ensure variable energy sources like wind power are transferred smoothly and reliably into national power transmission systems, advancing a sustainable energy future for all.”
Hitachi Energy worked closely with Vestas to determine the safest and reliable grid integration solution for the plant. The solution includes a gas-insulated substation of modular pre-assembled and pre-tested design for fast and simple installation.