The wind farms will have combined capacity of 160 MW and are located in the Gabbal El Zayt region along the Red Sea coastline.
The first contract, for the supply of a total of 120 MW, was awarded by Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). Gamesa will supply, install and commission 60 of its G80-2.0 MW turbines at a project which is being funded by the Spanish government via its Fund for International Business Expansion. Delivery of the wind turbines is scheduled to start in October and the facility is slated for commissioning in the third quarter of 2017.
The second order is for the supply of another 20 G80-2.0 MW turbines totaling 40 MW to expand an existing 200 MW project. The 20 new turbines will be delivered during the last quarter of this year for commissioning in early 2017. The expansion is financed by the German development bank KfW.
Gamesa says its G80-2.0 MW turbines are ideal for Egypt’s desert conditions, corrosive atmosphere and high temperatures.
Since 2003 Gamesa has installed nearly 600 MW in Egypt and services over 400 MW under O&M agreements.