Siemens Gamesa joins the construction of a 250-MW wind farm in Egypt

West Bakr

With the turnkey construction of the 250-MW West Bakr wind farm, Siemens Gamesa maintains its renewable energy growth and expansion strategy in Egypt. As part of this project, the company is set to install 96 SG 2.6-114 wind turbines. It will also handle operation and maintenance tasks for 15 years. The construction is in charge of Netherlands-based Lekela power developer.

Egypt looking to increase renewable power usage

West Bakr will produce 250 MW of clean and reliable energy at a highly competitive price, Siemens Gamesa and Lekela informed in separate statements.

Located 30 kilometers northwest of Ras Ghared, West Bakr is part of the Egyptian government’s construction, property, and operation programs.

In light of the enormous potential of the Gulf of Suez, West Bakr will increase Egypt’s wind power capacity by 18%. It will also be a key element to achieving the country’s goals to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable power sources by 2022.

The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2021.

West Bakr will have a positive impact

This complex will create local job opportunities and increase socio-economic activity in the surrounding areas, as it also helps diversify the energy mix and provide energy at more competitive prices in the country. During the construction phase, it is set to employ 550 people.

Migratory birds will be protected through the “shut down on demand” program.

Lekela also signed a protocol with Egypt’s Environmental Affairs protocol and its Migratory Soaring Birds protocol to contributing to finance and implement the Migratory Birds Monitoring training program.

The project is expected to produce more than 1,000 GWh a year, powering more than 350,000 households and saving up to 550,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Siemens Gamesa supporting local development

The first wind turbines will be delivered by mid-2020.

Alfonso Faubel, SGRE Onshore CEO, said: “West Bakr will contribute to achieving the ambitious goals of renewables that the Egyptian government has established for the coming years and will enable us to support the country’s development in the environmental, economic, and social aspects.”

All civil works and a large part of the electrical and logistics tasks will be executed by local providers. Moreover, most of the towers will be produced in Egypt. Overall, 70% of the project’s construction will be carried out by local contractors. It will also help reinvigorate the economy in the area.

A local investment program will be launched as part of the project. The program includes business, educational, and environmental initiatives, including a project for local fauna protection.

Strategic alliance

Chris Antonopoulos CEO of Lekela commented “We have enjoyed working closely with Siemens Gamesa on Lekela’s first project in Egypt. We are proud to play a part in diversifying Egypt’s generation capacity by delivering best-in-class clean energy projects. As a long-term operator, we are focused on delivering lasting impact, which is why we focus on creating generation-spanning benefits for local communities.”

According to Siemens Gamesa, one of its priorities in the region is contributing to the diversification of Egypt’s energy mix. This effort comes as Africa is pushing for the implementation of renewable energies and sustainable economic development.

West Bakr Wind will be one of 8 projects that Siemens Gamesa has successfully completed in Egypt, for a total capacity of 1,243 MW.

The company is leading the market in Africa, with more than 20 years of experience and over 3.1 GW installed in countries including Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, and Tunisia.

SGRE is driving the energy transition in the continent to deliver cleaner, reliable, and affordable energy supply for millions of Africans.

This project is one more step in Siemen Gamesa’s commitment to being one of the main drivers of sustainable development, the company stated.

The group set out to have a sustained contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which “reflect a new understanding that global development must integrate economic growth, social well-being, and environmental protection.”

Lekela is a renewable power company that supplies clean energy to several communities in Africa. The company, with decades of experience in the sector, has the capabilities necessary to execute projects from its development phase to their long-term operation.

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