Dutch firm Lekela on 29 November announced that its 250MW West Bakr wind farm in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez has reached commercial operations, with all 96 turbines now online. In August the firm announced that the wind farm had begun supplying the grid with the first 20 turbines (MEES, 6 August).
This now takes Egypt’s wind capacity to 1.592GW with plans to boost capacity by a further 1.6GW in the pipeline including 1GW, also on the Red Sea, from Saudi firm Acwa Power (MEES, 19 November). Ambitious 100MW Red Sea green hydrogen plans, slated to be operational by the time Egypt hosts COP 27 in November 2022, will also incorporate a wind element (MEES, 26 November). (CONTINUED - 110 WORDS)