Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) has placed a 252MW order with Vestas, a sustainable energy company that designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines, for the Gulf of Suez 1 wind project. In addition, Vestas will also manage the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) side of the project, which includes related civil and electrical works and the substation for the connection to the national grid.
The Gulf of Suez 1 wind project is scheduled to be fully operational in 2023.
On its part, Vestas has developed a solution that comprises the supply and installation of 70 wind turbines and a three-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement, capable of maximising the project’s annual energy production, while meeting the local tip-height restriction and the national grid code requirements.
Speaking about the contract, general manager of Vestas Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Muhamed Bou-Zeid, said: “We are proud to be back in Egypt and continue our work there to help transform its energy infrastructure into a reliable system of clean power supply. Our wide portfolio of solutions and services can help NREA ensure price stability and security of energy supply over time, and in turn, demand less reliance on fossil-fuel based energy sources”.
The project’s annual production is expected to reach 1,027GWh of clean energy and according to NREA save around 560,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
The project will be jointly financed by the European Investment Bank, KfW, Agence Française de Développement and the European Commission.
Vestas was one of the first contributors to the development of Egypt’s wind energy infrastructure with the installation of 123 Vestas’ wind turbines in Hurghada and Zafarana in 2004.
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