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Siemens Gamesa to install turbines for 250-MW wind project in Egypt

Wind farm in Egypt. Author: Gigi Ibrahim. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

October 14 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) confirmed on Monday it will install turbines for the 250-MW West Bakr onshore wind farm in Egypt under a turn-key engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with the project owner -- Lekela Power.

The wind turbine maker will deliver 96 units of its SG 2.6-114 machines for the West Bakr project in mid-2020. After the 2021 commissioning, it will provide maintenance services for 15 years.

Most of the turbine towers will be manufactured in Egypt and 70% of the construction work will be subcontracted locally, Siemens Gamesa said.

The wind farm will be located 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) north-west of Ras el Ghareb, in the Gulf of Suez. Once online, it is expected to produce over 1,000 GWh per year, or enough to supply over 350,000 households.

Lekela, a 60/40 joint venture between private equity firm Actis and a consortium led by Ireland-based wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power, in February signed a network connection contract and a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).

West Bakr, Lekela’s first wind project in Egypt, will be installed under the Egyptian government’s build-own-operate (BOO) programme, and bring the country's installed wind capacity to 1,650 MW.

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