Siemens Gamesa installs turbines at Egypt’s West Bakr Wind project

Siemens Gamesa installs turbines at Egypt’s West Bakr Wind project
FILE PHOTO A model of a wind turbine with the Siemens Gamesa logo is displayed outside the annual general shareholders meeting in Zamudio Spain June 20 2017 REUTERSVincent WestFile Photo
Published: 17 October 2019 - 5:24 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Siemens Gamesa will install 96 SG 2.6-114 turbines in Egypt to create a 250MW wind farm.

The clean energy West Bakr Wind project is set to be fully operational by 2021, with the first turbines in place by mid-2020.

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

“Our aim is to support the government to deliver long term and lasting impact for our communities, environmentally, economically and socially.”

The Power Purchase Agreement and Network Connection Contract was signed by Lekela with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Company Authority.

The Lekela-owned facility, situated 30km north-west of Ras el Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez, will produce over 1,000GWh per year, powering over 350,000 homes and saving around 550,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The project will increase the country’s installed wind energy capacity by 18%, up to 1,650 MW, and is part of the Egyptian government’s Build, Own, Operate (BOO) framework.

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