Egypt, West Bakr Wind

Lekela’s West Bakr Wind project in the Gulf of Suez reached financial close in August 2019, the final stage before construction begins. The project 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 increase Egypt's wind energy capacity by 18%, and will be a key pillar of Egypt’s ambition to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022.

Lekela signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Authority in February 2019, and reached financial close in August 2019. 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 diversity the energy mix and provide more competitively priced power in the country. During peak construction, the project will employ up to 550 people.

Migrating birds will 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.

The project is expected to produce over 1000GWh per year whilst 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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