Siemens Gamesa has won a turbine order for the 250MW West Bakr wind project in Egypt from local renewables producer Lekela.

The German-Spanish wind OEM will install 96 of its SG 2.6-114 machines under a turnkey EPC contract and will provide maintenance for 15 years.

The first wind turbines will be delivered in mid-2020 and the project is set to be fully operational in 2021.

“We are proud to have been selected to contribute to the ambitious goals in renewable energy the government has set for the coming years,” SGRE Onshore chief executive Alfonso Faubel said.

A power purchase agreement and network connection contract was signed by Lekela with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company and the New and Renewable Energy Company Authority earlier this year.

West Bakr is situated 30km north-west of Ras el Ghareb, in the Gulf of Suez.

The project will increase the country’s installed wind energy capacity by 18% 1.65GW and is part of the Egyptian government’s target to reach 20% of renewables in the country’s electricity mix.

Siemens Gamesa has already completed eight projects in Egypt with a combined capacity of 1.2GW. The company has an installed base of 3.1GW across Egypt, South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia.