Team signs 1.1GW Egypt wind agreement

22 June 2022
Financial close for the project is expected by the third quarter of 2024

A consortium comprising Saudi Arabia-based utilities developer Acwa Power and Egypt’s Hassan Allam Holding has signed a project agreement for a 1,100MW wind independent power project (IPP) in Egypt.

The consortium will work during the development phase to complete the site studies and secure financing for the project, which will require an investment of $1.5bn.

The wind project is expected to reach financial close by the third quarter of 2024 and be commercially operational by the end of 2026.

According to Acwa Power, the wind project will be located in the Gulf of Suez and Gabal el-Zeit area, and will use wind turbines with blade heights of up to 220 metres.

The height of the wind turbines is expected to help achieve the “best use of the designated land plots in the most efficient way”.

The project is designed to mitigate the impact of 2.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually and provide electricity to 1,080,000 households when complete.

Egypt's Council of Ministers approved signing a power-purchase agreement (PPA) for the project in November 2021.

MEED reported in January that negotiations were under way on the PPA details of the project.

It is understood the 1,100MW wind IPP is a replacement for the previously planned 2,300MW IPP in Luxor.

A consortium of Acwa Power and the local Hassan Allam signed the PPA with Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company for the planned Luxor IPP in November 2018.

The original gas-fired IPP scheme, which required a total investment of $2.3bn, was expected to enter commercial operation this year. The date was later extended to 2024 before the project was cancelled and replaced.

Hassan Allam Utilities currently operates a 50MW solar plant in Benban solar park.

The 1,100MW wind IPP is Acwa Power’s third project – and first wind farm – in Egypt. The other schemes are the 120MW Ben Ban solar independent power projects in the Aswan region and the 200MW Kom Ombo solar plant.

Renewable energy sources, including hydropower, account for 10.3 per cent of Egypt's electricity production installed capacity as of 2021, according to data published by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency.

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