1000 km EuroAfrica Interconnector across the Mediterranean to connect Egypt and Greece


Egypt and #greece are linked by a multi-thousand-year history of the interpenetration of culture, philosophy and science. Just remember the Library of Alexandria, where Greek scientists and philosophers taught, and which was destroyed by invaders and religious fanatics. Now, at a new level of technology, Egypt and Greece are creating new ties.

If #Norway is gradually turning into a «battery», that is, an exporter of clean energy for Germany and Great Britain, then #Egypt takes over this role to the south. The 1,000-kilometer Mediterranean energy bridge will bring clean energy from Egypt to Greece. And in parallel with this, Egypt is creating a unified energy system with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Libya. Dear readers, as you yourself understand, there are oil and gas producers among the countries listed above.

But what is most important here is that it is planned to transmit clean electricity from renewable sources through this power system. Here we see an almost mirror image of the Norwegian experience, when one of the leaders of the oil and gas industry is rapidly developing the renewable energy industry and developing its export.

In the second half of October, without fanfare, and almost imperceptibly against the background of news about the rise in prices for gas and coal in Europe and the completion of the construction of the SP-2, the heads of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus signed a trilateral

Through this interconnection, Egypt will begin exporting clean electricity to # Cyprus and Greece, thereby reducing the dependence of these countries on fossil fuels. In previous articles, we have said many times that decarbonization, «green energy», and # diversification of energy flows, among other things, is the implementation of a strategy that should make European consumers independent from fossil fuels, with their volatile prices.

Currently, the installed capacity of Egypt is 59,063 MW. In the structure of Egypt’s energy balance, 1,700 MW is accounted for by solar energy, and 1,465 MW by wind farms. And these numbers will only grow, including with the implementation of large projects in wind energy, in particular, in the Gulf of Suez. Cairo plans to increase the share of renewable energy produced in the country to 42% by 2035.

The signing of the #euroafrica interconnector agreement will bring clean energy from Egypt, via a nearly 1,000 km cable that will run under the Mediterranean Sea, to Cyprus and Greece.

It is likely that domestic clean generation will not be sufficient for export to Europe via the new energy bridge. But now a parallel project is being implemented for a network connection between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. This project is being implemented by a consortium of Egyptian Orascom Construction, SSEM and Hitachi ABB Power Grids.

This project involves the construction of a #power line with a length of more than

The «web» of Egypt’s underwater energy bridges will also be supplemented by a 13-kilometer # energy bridge with Jordan, which will also be laid along the bottom of the Gulf of Aqaba.

An interesting picture turns out. If gas pipelines stretch from the east to Europe, which in the future can serve for the transportation of hydrogen, then from the north and south to Europe, underwater energy bridges are being laid. Yes, Europe is diversifying its # energy balance and energy suppliers, which will ultimately make games with hydrocarbon prices meaningless.

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