Wind farm contract nears

21 November 2003
Spain's Gamesa is understood to be preferred bidder for the turbine supply contract for the 80-MW fourth phase of the Zaafarana wind farm project. Negotiations are under way between the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and Germany's Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufau over funding for the project. KfW earlier financed a Eur 40 million ($46 million) contract awarded to a consortium of local and European bidders to supply and install turbines for the third phase of the project. The technical consultant is Riso Wind Consult of Denmark, which advised on the pilot phase of the project set up in 1999 by Nordix, also of Denmark (MEED 31:1:03).

KfW has stepped up its lending to the local power sector recently. The agency has agreed to finance the foreign portion of an estimated $1 million contract to upgrade thermal power plants at Abu Qir, Ataka and Damanhour, for which bids are due on 23 December. The environmental upgrade project is divided into three packages, which involve monitoring wastewater usage, overhauling instrumentation and control systems and supplying and installing environmental testing systems at the three facilities.

Discussions between KfW and EEHC are also under way over possible funding for three small hydrolectric power stations with combined output of 25 MW, which would be located on the Nile at the Delta Barrage near Cairo.

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