Egypt, host of the upcoming COP27 in November 2022, will benefit from a new onshore wind project courtesy of ACWA Power, a Saudi energy developer, investor and operator.
When complete, the $1.5bn (E£28.35bn) project will reduce CO2 emissions by 2.4 million tonnes per year and provide electricity to 1,080,000 households in Egypt, the company said when it signed the deal in late June 2022.
“This milestone wind project falls within the framework of the Egyptian government’s strategy to diversify its energy sources and leverage the country’s rich natural resources, especially in renewable energy,” said Egypt’s Minister for Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, at the agreement’s signing ceremony.
“[We] aim to increase the contribution of renewable energy [in the electricity mix] to up to 42% by 2035,” he added.
The ACWA project, which will be situated in the Gabal el Zeit and Gulf of Suez region, will make use of cutting-edge wind turbines with blade heights of up to 220m to make optimal use of land, the company says. It will be the largest onshore wind farm in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world.