31st October 2017
ENGIE has signed a contract to build, own and operate (BOO) a 250 MW wind farm together with its consortium partners Toyota Tsusho Corporation/Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation (40%) and Orascom Construction Limited (20%).
The wind farm will be located in Rhas Gharib on the Gulf of SUEZ, an optimal site with more than 60% of gross capacity factor. The energy will be sold under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).
Total investment cost of the Gulf of SUEZ project amounts to approximately USD 400 million. Financing will be provided by the Japanese Bank for International Corporation (JBIC) in coordination with commercial lenders SMBC and Sociéte Générale. In addition, the Japanese Export Credit Agency, NEXI is providing an insurance cover for the commercial lenders. Construction is expected to start end of 2017 and will take approximately 24 months to complete.
Gulf of SUEZ is the first wind farm tendered on a BOO scheme and is part of the Egyptian government’s drive to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix with a target wind generation capacity of 7 GW by 2022. The plan envisions significant private sector involvement, with the private sector taking the lead on more than 60% percent of the plan.
Bruno Bensasson, CEO of ENGIE Africa commented : “Egypt is a country which expects a strong power demand growth in the next years to accompagny its economic and social development. With this large wind project, ENGIE becomes an important player in Egypt’s ongoing renewable energy transition. Gulf of SUEZ is definitely proof that good regulation can bring foreign investment at a competitive price to the benefit of African countries. For our Group it is an opportunity to scale up our presence in a strategic country with a long-term contracted asset guaranteed by the government. “
In Egypt, ENGIE remains committed to develop additional generation capacity and is looking to extend its energy services activities and its offer for sustainable cities, taking the opportunity of the Government’s “New Cairo” and “New urban planning of Suez canal area” programs.
Illustration Photo: Zafarana Wind Farm in Egypt (credits: The Danish Wind Industry Association / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))