Siemens delivers first blades for West Bakr wind project in Egypt

Siemens Gamesa's turbine blades brought to the West Bakr site. Image by Siemens Gamesa on Twitter (@SiemensGamesa)

October 27 (Renewables Now) - Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has delivered the first blades to the site of the 250-MW West Bakr wind project in Egypt, it said on Twitter.

The company will be bringing 96 units of SG 2.6-114 turbines and build the wind farm under a turn-key EPC contract with the project developer, Lekela Power. Once online, West Bakr will increase Egypt’s wind power capacity by 18% and generate enough power to meet consumption needs of over 350,000 homes. The wind farm will operate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).

Located 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) north-west of the town of Ras el Ghareb in the Gulf of Suez, the project is part of the Egyptian government’s build-own-operate (BOO) framework. Lekela, an Africa-focused renewable energy company, broke ground in February 2020 and plans to have the wind farm grid-connected in 2021.

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