Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has secured its largest wind power order in Egypt, in the country’s first privately-backed wind farm development, Kallanish Energy learns from the company this week.
The deal includes the installation of 125 turbines, each generating 2.1 megawatts, at the Gulf of Suez onshore wind farm, located in Ras Ghareb. The farm will generate 262.5 MW of wind power by the end of 2019. Turbine installation is scheduled to be completed by July 2019.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) received the order from the Ras Ghareb Wind Energy consortium, formed by France’s ENGIE, Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corp., Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction. The contract value, which includes a 15-year maintenance service, wasn’t disclosed by the parties.
“This is the first privately-backed wind farm being developed in Egypt where until now all of the wind facilities have been backed by the NREA, the Egyptian renewable energy promotion body,” Siemens Gamesa said.
Egypt is on the Spanish-German firm’s radar given its great potential for growth in wind power generation, given the government’s aim to install 6,500 MW of wind capacity by 2026, Siemens Gamesa said. To date, it has installed over 890 MW in the North African nation.