A consortium of French utility Engie, Egyptian construction company Orascom, and Japanese firms Toyota Tsusho and Eurus Energy placed the order for the manufacturer’s G97-2.1MW turbines. The development group last month achieved financial close for its 262.5MW Gulf of Suez wind farm located in Ras Ghareb, approximately 230km south of Suez at the northernmost tip of the Gulf. Installation of the 125 turbines is due to be completed by next July, Siemens Gamesa stated, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
The order is the largest Siemens Gamesa has ever secured in Egypt, having installed more than 890MW to date. As well as supplying and commissioning the turbines, the manufacturer will also maintain the facility for 15 years. The wind farm is the first of any significant size in Egypt not to be backed by the country’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA). Its owners decided to collaborate on the Ras Ghareb site following a government tender launched in 2009 in which International Power (later bought by Engie) and Orascom rivalled Toyota Tsusho and Eurus Energy for projects.