Egypt in deal for 250 MW wind farm

Siemens Gamesa has won a turbine order for Egypt’s 250 MW West Bakr wind project from local renewables producer Lekela.

The German-Spanish wind OEM will install 96 of its SG 2.6-114 machines under a turnkey EPC contract, with a maintenance contract for 15 years to support the facility.

First deliveries of the turbine are expected in mid-2020 with the project set to commence operations during 2021.

“We are proud to have been selected to contribute to the ambitious goals in renewable energy the government has set for the coming years,” SGRE Onshore chief executive Alfonso Faubel said.

A power purchase agreement and network connection contract were signed by Lekela with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Company Authority earlier in 2019.

The site is located 30km north-west of Ras el Ghareb, in the Gulf of Suez.

The project will increase the country’s installed wind energy capacity by 18 per cent, or 1.65 GW and is part of the Egyptian government’s energy transition, aiming to increase renewables capacity in the country to 20 per cent of its electricity mix.

Siemens Gamesa has already completed eight projects in Egypt with a combined capacity of 1.2 GW. The company has an installed base of 3.1 GW across Egypt, South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.

“We are proud to be playing our part in delivering the large-scale Benban solar complex by commissioning these two solar power plants,” said EDF Renewables chief executive Bruno Bensasson.

Benban forms part of Egypt’s objective to be 20 per cent renewables powered by 2020.

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