Working with Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency on its Migratory Soaring Birds projectTuesday 16th April 2019
The environment and its wildlife are a vital part of any habitat and we have taken meaningful steps to ensure it is preserved. As part of our Community Investment Plan for our project in the Gulf of Suez, Egypt, we have signed a cooperation protocol with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and its Migratory Soaring Birds project.
Once built, the wind farm will take advantage of an excellent wind resource to produce 250MW of clean, reliable power, but not at the expense of wildlife. Measures will be taken to protect migrating birds that pass through the region with a “shut down on demand” programme.
We have taken further steps to safeguard migrating birds by funding the Migratory Soaring Birds project. This will coordinate the planning and implementation of training courses for monitoring bird migration.
We will invest in consultancy services, training equipment and also sponsor eight trainees from the nearby city of Ras Ghareb to support local job creation.
In addition, we will continue to work with the EEAA to discover additional schemes to promote biodiversity and preservation of natural species and habitats in the area.
Our project in the Gulf of Suez is part of the Egyptian Government’s Build Own Operate (BOO) framework. The project will increase Egypt’s wind energy capacity by 18%, forming a key part of the government’s renewable generation target of 20% by 2022. The project will produce over 1000GWh per year, powering more than 350,000 homes in Egypt and saving more than 550,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Financial close is expected to take place later this year, and the project is expected to be operational in 2021.