Efficient power supply
As the population in the Middle East grows and various industries develop and expand, a reliable power supply with efficient power transmission and distribution systems becomes crucial.
Siemens’ portfolio for low-loss power transmission and distribution provides what it takes to support the Middle East’s energy infrastructure and power supply, while keeping pace with the rapidly growing demand for electricity.
Reliable power transmission and power grids
With over 25 million power consumers, Egypt’s energy demand is one of the highest in the region. Electricity shortages during peak load times pose an ongoing challenge. Immediate solutions for a reliable power supply are required, and Siemens took on this challenge. A new high-voltage substation for the Al-Shabab power plant made it possible to meet the urgent demand for more power in less than a year. It contributes to power grid stability and helps make power supply in Egypt noticeably more reliable.
The Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) chose Siemens’ equipment for the expansion of the Emirate’s power grid. Siemens has been awarded a turnkey contract to supply a high-voltage power grid substation in Mirfa. The power grid substation will connect the new Mirfa power plant with TRANSCO’s power generation and transmission grid. It will help to meet the growing electricity demand and enhance the availability of electricity. In addition, it will ensure a reliable power supply in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind power fluctuates depending on the season and the time of day. Smart grids are needed to accommodate these fluctuating power feeds. Smart grids will become increasingly important for stabilizing power networks and ensuring reliable power transmission and distribution.
Sustainable energy transmission
The HVDC transmission system is an efficient, sustainable means of transmitting energy over great distances with minimal losses. Even over a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers, up to 95 percent of electricity transmitted still reaches the consumer. HVDC minimizes both line costs and losses, thereby lowering the impact on the environment. And it is the only way to interconnect technically incompatible power grids. The Siemens systems are characterized by enhanced reliability, lower energy consumption, and reduced space requirements. A harmonized power grid solution for a high-voltage substation in the Al Qassim province in Saudi Arabia adds 1,000 MVA of firm power transmission capacity to the Saudi Arabian power grid. Siemens will also supply technology for the stabilization of the high-voltage transmission network at the Hiteen and Afif substations in Saudi Arabia, supporting the reliable and efficient power supply for people and industries.
GIS: Small footprint against climate change
Gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) is another solution that helps to reduce losses in power transmission. Compared to substations with air-insulated switchgear, a substation with gas-insulated technology requires only a quarter of the space. Siemens’ compact GIS solutions for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) help the client to provide reliable power and minimizes space requirements as well as maintenance efforts. The highly reliable GIS has a small CO2 footprint, short installation times, high resistance to contamination, and minimal maintenance requirements. GIS panels from Siemens provide high reliability for one of the most luxurious hotels in the world – the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.