Lekela recently announced the successful installation of the first turbine at its 250MW West Bakr wind project in Egypt. The installation marks an important step for the project, which began construction in February. In total, 96 turbines will be installed by Siemens Gamesa, with the wind farm set to become operational in 2021. Located 30 kilometres north-west of Ras Ghareb, West Bakr Wind is part of the Government’s Build, Own, Operate scheme. It will provide an additional 250 MW of clean energy to the grid as the country strives to meet its target of generating 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022. The project will also prevent more than 550,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, construction has continued in recent months and is on track with our commitments to EETC and to reach its Commercial Operation Date by end of 2021. During this time, the overarching priority has been to support the health and safety of all employees, contractors and partners involved in the construction. In line with its strategy to support the local communities where it operates, Lekela has also donated 4,400 packages of preventative supplies including face masks and hand sanitizer to residents of Ras Ghareb.
Since the beginning of the construction phase, and as part of its commitment to creating shared value with local communities, Lekela has also launched a Women's Literacy Program in Ras Ghareb. The first phase of the program launched in September 2020 over a two-week session including 21 women. Financed by Lekela, the program will implement in several phases; and is managed in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Education, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Security, and the Ras Ghareb Local Council.