Spanish manufacturer of wind turbines, Siemens Games has won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for Egypt’s 250MW West Bakr Wind project — which is owned by Amsterdam-based renewable power generation firm Lekela — with the Bolsas y Mercados Españoles-listed (BME) firm being tasked with the installation of 96 units of SG 2.6-114 turbines for the renewable energy project.
As part of the contract, Siemens Gamesa will also provide maintenance services for a period of 15 years.
Located 30km north-west of Ras el Ghareb, in the Gulf of Suez, the project's first wind turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa by mid-2022.
Operations on the West Bakr Wind project,which is being constructed under a the build-own-operate model, will commence in 2021
In a statement, the Spanish company said that upon being operational the wind park will produce over 1,000 GWh of power each year, which is enough to fulfil the power needs of over 350,000 homes, with the project set to save around 550,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
In February 2019, Lekela signed a power purchase agreement (PPA), and a network connection contract with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the New and Renewable Energy Company Authority (NERA).
According to Siemens Gamesa, the wind project will increase Egypt’s installed wind energy capacity by 18% up to 1,650MW taking the North African nation closer to its aim of fulfilling 20% of its electricity requirements using renewable energy sources by 2022.
Siemens Gamesa also said that 70% of the construction scope of the wind power project, including civil, electrical, and logistical work will be delivered by local subcontractors, .
Speaking about the project, chief executive of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s (SGRE) onshore business, Alfonso Faubel, said: “Our aim is to support the government to deliver long term and lasting impact for our communities, environmentally, economically, and socially.”