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Gamesa wins 220MW Egypt wind contract

Spanish firm to install 110 turbines on the Red Sea coast by 2017.

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Gamesa has won a turnkey construction contract for the 220MW Gulf of El Zayt wind farm on the Egyptian Red Sea coast.

The Spanish firm will install 110 of its G80-2.0 MW turbines at the site beginning in September and the project is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2017.

Under a deal with the NREA (New & Renewable Energy Authority), Gamesa will provide operations and maintenance services for three years.

The project will receive public financing from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

"The fact that Gamesa was selected for this project, for which all the major global OEMs bid, evidences yet again our products' tremendous competitiveness", said Ricardo Chocarro, CEO of Gamesa Europe & RoW.

Under the scope of the agreement, Gamesa will handle the supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines as well as handling construction of the civil engineering and electric infrastructure needed to install and operate the facility.

The reliability and adaptability of this robust turbine make it ideal for the desert land, corrosive atmosphere and high temperatures typical of the Egyptian market.

Gamesa entered the Egyptian market in 2004 when it won its first turbine supply contract for the Zafarana wind farm.

Since then, the company has installed more than 600 MW in Egypt and services nearly 500 MW under O&M agreements.

Egypt, which boasts excellent wind resources, is aiming to cover 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, which would mean an increase in installed capacity from just under 700 MW today to 7.2 GW.

The company is the leading OEM in Africa, where it has installed 1,110 MW and maintains close to 900 MW.

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