Egypt, West Bakr Wind

Lekela’s West Bakr Wind project in the Gulf of Suez is in the final stages of development before construction begins and will take advantage of a world class wind resource to produce 250MW of clean, reliable power at a highly competitive price.

Located 30 kilometres north-west of Ras Ghareb, the project is part of the Egyptian Government’s Build, Own, Operate (BOO) framework. Taking advantage of the excellent wind resource in the Gulf of Suez, the project will be a key pillar of Egypt’s ambition to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources.

Lekela signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Authority in February 2019. Project financiers have also been mandated. The development work includes:

  • Collection of wind data at site
  • Environmental action plans
  • Selection of equipment suppliers and contractors
  • Securing land and relevant permits
  • Arrangement of finance and capital

Migrating birds will also be protected through the development of a “shut down on demand” programme. Lekela has also signed a protocol with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and its Migratory Soaring Birds project to contribute towards the funding and implementation of the Migratory Birds Monitoring training programme.

Financial close is expected to take place later this year, and the project is expected to be operational in 2021. The project will provide opportunities for employment locally and increase socio-economic activity in the surrounding area, while helping diversify the energy mix and provide more competitively priced power in the country. During peak construction, the project will employ up to 550 people.

The project is expected to produce over 1000GWh per year, powering more than 350,000 homes and saving more than 550,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

For more information about the West Bakr Wind farm, visit www.lekelaegypt.com

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