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Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) has awarded a €220mn turnkey contract to Spain’s Gamesa for the 220MW Gulf of El Zayt wind farm on the western Red Sea coast. Gamesa says that the plant is expected to start up in 2H 2017.
Gamesa will supply, install and commission the farm’s 110 turbines, beginning in September 2015. The company will construct the civil and electrical infrastructure and provide operation and maintenance services for three years. The project is being financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency and has been under discussion since 2010.
NREA says Egypt’s current installed wind capacity amounts to 750MW. Wind is expected to meet 12% of Egypt’s electricity requirement by 2020. Besides Gulf of El Zayt, NREA says it is preparing four other wind projects with a total capacity of 800MW. These are part of a program to raise wind capacity operated by NREA to 1.9GW by 2019.
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