Wind energy in Egypt: wind farm in West Bakr is progressing

Lekela Power (IPP) is planning to start work on its Ras Ghareb wind energy project in the fourth half of 2019, according to Faisal Eissa, General Manager of the Egyptian subsidiary of this independent power producer (IPP).

The wind farm in West Bakr is progressing. It is located in the Gulf of Suez, about 30 km northwest of Ras Ghareb. Following the successful financial mobilization, Faisal Eissa, the general manager of the Egyptian subsidiary of Lekela Power, an independent power producer (IPP), plans to start construction of the wind turbines in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to the German company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which will install 96 of its SG 2.6-114 wind turbines for this wind farm. These will provide a total of 250 MW by 2021. The contract also provides that Siemens will maintain the wind power facility over a period of 15 years.

The electricity produced in Ras Ghareb will be sold to the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), which is linked to Lekela by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). “The West Bakr Wind power project will increase Egypt’s wind energy production capacity by 14%, a key component of the government’s target of 20% renewable energy by 2022. In total, the wind farm is expected to produce more than 1,000 GWh per year, which is equivalent to supplying clean energy to more than 350,000 households in Egypt, ”says Faisal Eissa.

Lekela Power, a joint venture between the British investment fund Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power, is financing its wind power project with loans from various lenders: the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s corporate finance subsidiary, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic), the US government’s development finance institution.