International company continue to benefit from the recent surge in renewable energy infrastructure development in Egypt.
Gamesa recently announced that it was awarded contract for 160 MW wind energy capacity by the New & Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt. The total capacity is spread across two projects at the same location.
Larger of the two projects shall have an installed capacity of 120 MW. Gamesa shall be responsible for supply, installation and commissioning of 60 units of G80-2.0 MW wind turbines. The project shall be funded through the Spanish government’s Fund for International Business Expansion. Delivery of the turbines is expected to begin in October 2016 while the project is scheduled to be commissioned by third quarter of 2017.
The smaller of the two projects will include delivery of 20 units of G80-2.0 MW turbines. These turbines shall be commissioned at an existing 200 MW wind farm which has also been commissioned by Gamesa. The initial development of the wind farm was financed by KfW and this expansion shall also be supported by KfW.
Gamesa will also handle construction of the civil engineering and electric infrastructure needed to install and operate these facilities and will handle their maintenance for the next 3 years.
Gamesa secured its first order in Egypt in 2003 for the Zafarana wind farm. Since then, the company has installed nearly 600 MW in this country and services over 400 MW under O&M agreements.
Egypt is planning to add 2 GW wind energy capacity by 2022, part of an overall 4.3 GW renewable energy capacity addition by the same year.