The construction work on the 250MW West Bakr Wind farm in Egypt has begun, according to Egypt’s Electricity and Renewable Energy Ministry.

Dutch developer Lekela reached financial close for the scheme in October.

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Span-based Siemens Gamesa is the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

MEED understands the contractor plans to install 96 of their SG 2.6-114 turbines through a turnkey EPC contract and provide maintenance services for 15 years. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The West Bakr Wind farm is located 30km north of Ras Ghareb and 225km south of Cairo.

The project will be developed under a build, own, operate scheme and will supply clean power to the Egyptian grid through a take-or-pay power purchase agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).

UK-based Mott MacDonald was the lender’s technical adviser on the project to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Egypt has set an ambitious target for 42% of its total energy production to come from renewables by 2035.

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