Final building permit given for EuroAfrica Interconnector

Cyprus has issued the final building permit for the Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnection EuroAfrica Interconnector, it was announced on Wednesday.

EuroAfrica Interconnector is the official project developer of the Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnection.

The permit provides the green light for the construction of the HVDC converter station, for which Siemens has been chosen as the preferred constructor.

The Cyprus Planning and Housing Bureau approved in November 2019 the planning permit for the HVDC converter station with a capacity of 2,000 MW, as well as the landing points of the subsea cable that connects the electricity networks of Cyprus and Egypt with Greece (Crete) and the EU.

In June 2019, the 33-year land lease agreement was signed at the Ministry of Energy for the construction of the HVDC converter station in Cyprus, with the project developer having the option to renew the lease for two more periods of 33 years each. The necessary environmental, technical and other studies have already been completed and the relevant permits received from the Cyprus authorities.

The construction cost for the first phase of the Egypt-Cyprus interconnection with a transmission capacity of Stage 1 of 1,000MW is estimated at €1 bln, with significant social and economic benefits for all the countries involved. The Cyprus-Greece (Crete) interconnection will be commissioned by December 2023 and parallel to this, the Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnector will also be completed by December 2023.

The EuroAfrica Interconnector is the ‘electricity highway’ which interconnects Egypt with Europe, through Cyprus, and creates an energy hub for Africa and the Arab world.