SELCO – Palestinian Southern Electricity Company


Company: Palestinian Southern Electricity Company (SELCO)

Project: SELCO – Palestine


Tratos & Palestinian Southern Electricity Company (SELCO) cooperation

Tratos, one of the leading European manufacturers of Electrical, Electronic and Fibre Optic cables, has completed delivery of £5.5m worth of distribution equipment, transformers and poles to the Palestinian Southern Electricity Company (SELCO).

The contract for the order was signed back in 2008 by the Vice President of Tratos Ennio Bragagni Capaccini and the equipment has been supplied and installed as required over the past five years. This project is part of a more comprehensive initiative called the Electric Sector Investment Management Program (ESIMP), the primary objective of which is to deliver numerous benefits to electricity consumers in Palestine through sustainable improvements in the quality of the electricity supply. The initiative is being jointly financed by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Tratos played its part in meeting this objective by supplying extremely high quality, advanced equipment that would provide optimum functionality for the purpose of reinforcing and renovating the power distribution system in the Central and Southern regions of the West Bank. The installation of the Tratos equipment will also be complimented by institutional power sector reforms that are designed to better serve the electricity needs of the Palestinian people.

Mr Luciano Pezzotti, the Italian Consul General, expressed his appreciation to SELCO for the significant improvements the project has achieved, which is due in large part to the quality of the Tratos distribution equipment. Tratos cables offer highly advanced technology and construction, providing flexibility, lightness and strength whilst also being low maintenance. Tratos HV cables can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as ignition systems and AC and DC power transmission. They may be any length, with relatively short cables used in apparatus. Longer cables can be run within buildings or as buried cables in an industrial plant or for power distribution, and the longest cables are often run as submarine cables under the ocean for power transmission.


Palestinian Southern Electricity Company – SELCO was founded in 1998 and lunch its operations in April 2004.

It is working on electric utilities in the southern area of West Bank, Palestine. The main work of SELCO is to distribute electricity to households, commercials and industrial entities. 

Did you know?

According to encyclopaedia Britannica, Palestine, area of the eastern Mediterranean regioncomprising parts of modern Israel and the Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip (along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea) and the West Bank (the area west of the Jordan River).

The term Palestine has been associated variously and sometimes controversially with this small region, which some have asserted also includes Jordan. Both the geographic area designated by the name and the political status of it have changed over the course of some three millennia. The region (or at least a part of it) is also known as the Holy Land and is held sacred among JewsChristians, and Muslims. Since the 20th century it has been the object of conflicting claims of Jewish and Arab national movements, and the conflict has led to prolonged violence and, in several instances, open warfare.

The word Palestine derives from Philistia, the name given by Greek writers to the land of the Philistines, who in the 12th century BCE occupied a small pocket of land on the southern coast, between modern Tel Aviv–Yafo and Gaza. The name was revived by the Romans in the 2nd century CE in “Syria Palaestina,” designating the southern portion of the province of Syria, and made its way thence into Arabic, where it has been used to describe the region at least since the early Islamic era. After Roman times the name had no official status until after World War I and the end of rule by the Ottoman Empire, when it was adopted for one of the regions mandated to Great Britain; in addition to an area roughly comprising present-day Israel and the West Bank, the mandate included the territory east of the Jordan River now constituting the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan, which Britain placed under an administration separate from that of Palestine immediately after receiving the mandate for the territory.

The name Palestine has long been in popular use as a general term to denote a traditional region, but this usage does not imply precise boundaries. The perception of what constitutes Palestine’s eastern boundary has been especially fluid, although the boundary frequently has been perceived as lying east of the Jordan River, extending at times to the edge of the Arabian Desert. In contemporary understanding, however, Palestine is generally defined as a region bounded on the east by the Jordan River, on the north by the border between modern Israel and Lebanon, on the west by the Mediterranean Sea (including the coast of Gaza), and on the south by the Negev, with its southernmost extension reaching the Gulf of Aqaba.

The strategic importance of the area is immense: through it pass the main roads from Egypt to Syria and from the Mediterranean to the hills beyond the Jordan River.

Settlement depends closely on water, which is almost never abundant. Precipitation, which arrives in the cool half of the year, decreases in amount in general from north to south and from the coast inland. Perennial rivers are few, and the shortage of water is aggravated by the porous nature of the limestone rocks over much of the country.

Tratos is very pleased to contribute toward achieving Goal 7 of the UN Global Goals to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 13: Climate Action, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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