First Twenty Turbines Connected to the Grid at West Bakr Wind Farm
Renewable power generation company Lekelahas celebrated a landmark moment as the first 20 turbines at West Bakr Wind farm have now been successfully synchronised, with the wind farm now providing power to the grid. Synchronisation is an important step to completion of the project. Now that this milestone has been reached, the wind farm is producing its first clean energy for Egypt, putting the 250 MW project one step closer to completion.
Located 30 kilometres north-west of Ras Ghareb, West Bakr Wind is due to become fully operational by the end of 2021. Construction began on the windfarm in September 2019, and the first turbines were installed in late December 2020.
The project is part of the Egyptian government’s Build, Own Operate scheme, a key part of the government’s ambitious aims to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022. West Bakr Wind will produce over 1000 GWh every year for 20 years and prevent more than 550,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. On its own, West Bakr Wind will increase Egypt’s wind capacity by 18%.
The project will have a long-term impact beyond just generating electricity for 20 years. As with all of Lekela’s projects across Africa, the West Bakr Wind Farm has a long-term commitment to the nearby local community of Ras Ghareb. The development of the next stage of this sustainable community plan is underway.