A tender to build a 250MW wind farm on Egypt’s east coast issued earlier this month has attracted a total of 26 international companies.

The winner of the bid will be required to design, finance, construct, own and operate the power plant for 20 to 25 years.

The company will also then be required to sell the power produced during that period to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

Egypt aims to generate 12% of its power from wind farms and a total of 20% from renewable sources by 2020.

The country already has farms at Zafarana and Hurghada on the Red Sea coast.

The government has also said it wants to build several civilian nuclear power stations to help avoid an energy crunch.

By staff writer.