West Bakr Wind
Mainstream's African joint venture, Lekela Power owns the 252 MW West Bakr wind farm in the Gulf of Suez. The project was initially awarded to a consortium of Mainstream and Actis in 2015 and subsequently transferred to Lekela. West Bakr has a 20-year PPA with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (“EETC”), the state utility.
The West Bakr project reached financial close in August 2019 and is expected to achieve commercial operations date in Q3 2021. It was awarded the Renewables Deal of the year for Middle East & Africa by the Infrastructure Investor 2019 awards.
West Bakr enters operations in 2021
West Bakr Wind Farm’s 96 Siemens Gamesa turbines began their contracted power supplies to the grid on Monday, just 21 months after ground was broken at the site, on the shores of the Gulf of Suez, in February 2020.
The 250 MW facility – developed under the country’s Build, Own, Operate scheme – will now produce more than 1,000 GWh of electricity every year, enough to power around 350,000 homes.
The 250 MW wind farm created construction jobs and will continue its local commitment through community projects. Its ‘switch-on’ also represents a significant milestone in the government’s drive to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022, and 42 percent by 2035.
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