CAIRO: A wind power plant will be opened Sunday in the Gabal el-Zeit Wind Farm in Red Sea Governorate with the presence of Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Youm7 reported.
The inauguration of the plant, which has a capacity of 200 Megawatt, will also be attended by the German Ambassador to Egypt Julius Georg and President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
The plant was established in collaboration of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA,) Germany, European Commission and the European Investment Bank, and it costs 220 million Euros.
After operating the plant, it will be linked to the national power grid, raising the generated power from the wind to 750 Megawatt, source at the NREA told Youm7.
There is a wind power plant of 545 Megawatt in Zaafarana and another one in Hurghada with capacity of 5 Megawatt.
Since 2014, the government has leaned to adopt a strategy of diversifying energy sources in Egypt, by depending on solar and wind energy.
It aims to satisfy 20 percent of the country’s electric energy demand from renewable energy resources by the year 2020, including about 12 percent from wind power and 8 percent from hydro power and solar energy.
Additional reporting by Rahma Ramadan