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Press Release Zurich, Switzerland 28-09-2021

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Hitachi Energy service solutions support Egypt’s largest wind power project

African engineer wearing white hard hat standing with digital tablet against wind turbine on sunny day
Protecting wind investments is as important as building them

Egypt has the benefit of abundant wind energy potential. One of the prime areas for turning steady wind into much-needed electricity is the region around Ras Ghareb, the country’s northernmost city on the African side of the Gulf of Suez.

Taking advantage of strong, stable wind conditions, developers commissioned the 262.5 megawatt (MW), 125-turbine Ras Ghareb wind generation plant on the shores of the Gulf about 30 kilometers northwest of Ras Ghareb in 2019. The plant generates enough renewable wind energy to power 500,000 Egyptian households. 

To ensure peak performance at Egypt’s largest wind power development, Hitachi Energy is providing predictive maintenance for a 220/33 kilovolt (kV) grid connection for Ras Ghareb Wind Energy SAE (RGWE), a joint venture of ENGIE, Toyota Tsusho Corporation & Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, and Orascom Construction. 

Peak performance is essential because the plant is an important part of Egypt’s ambitious effort to satisfy escalating power demand by increasing investment in the power sector and diversifying its energy mix. This includes adding about 7 gigawatts of clean wind power capacity by 2022. 

Hitachi Energy provides a set of tailored service agreements to meet specific customer requirements in the wind sector, including spare parts supply, preventative maintenance, 24/7 response and remote support, and training. In return, customers get optimized wind farm performance and can focus on their core activities.

“We are very proud to support RGWE in Egypt with our skilled local service team,” said Daniel Galvan, Global Product Group Manager for Service Solutions, Hitachi Energy Grid Integration business. “This project shows our commitment to sustainability solutions and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, especially number 7 of increasing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” 

“The committed support from the local team from Hitachi Energy during and after the substation project execution in combination with a high technical competence and capacity to squeeze the project timetable in support of the energizing schedule has been of outmost importance and encouraged us to sign a service agreement contract with Hitachi Energy for the substation and balance of plant (BoP) maintenance and troubleshooting,” said Sameh Al Alfy, Wind Farm O&M Director at Ras Ghareb Wind Energy (RGWE). 

Appropriate maintenance is an essential component of wind plant operations, helping customers reduce the risk of failure, extend asset lifetime and lower operational costs. Predictive maintenance schedules are developed by evaluating information from Hitachi Energy intelligent switchgear systems, together with existing plant monitoring and control systems.

It begins with a service agreement developed by the local team with the support of our global service solutions experts to establish a full understanding of the installation and customer expectations to ensure timely and reliable service. This includes a detailed onsite audit to help lower life cycle costs and develop the full potential of the assets over their lifetime, reinforced by a service package to protect the investment.

With an heritage of nearly 130 years, Hitachi Energy has developed and applied leading-edge grid technologies for customers around the world. Our service specialists are partners helping customers lower costs, reduce downtime and increase the efficiency and productivity of their operations with improved reliability and safety.

As a leading supplier of electrical products, systems and services to the wind power sector, Hitachi Energy portfolio of service packages builds stable, long-term partnerships supported by a global presence across the entire power value chain. Ongoing investment and expansion of this service offering makes Hitachi Energy uniquely positioned to improve the performance of wind power plants worldwide. 

About Hitachi Energy


Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 38,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.