West Bakr Wind Farm

Lekela’s West Bakr Wind project will take advantage of a world class resource to produce 252MW of clean, reliable power at a highly competitive price. Situated in the Gulf of Suez, 30km north-west of Ras Ghareb, the project will provide power to the grid from 2021.

Generating over 1000GWh per year, the project will increase Egypt's wind energy capacity by 18%. This will be a crucial part of meeting the government’s renewable energy generation target of 20% by 2022.

The wind farm is designed to generate electricity for at least 20 years. As well as creating jobs during this time, a community investment plan will be deployed to help address socio-economic challenges in the local area. As the wind farm is in an important area for migrating birds, several schemes to protect this wildlife will be setup, including a shutdown on demand programme.

The project is one of several built by Lekela. Founded in 2015, it specialises in delivering utility-scale renewable energy to communities across Africa.

As well as Egypt, Lekela is building wind farms in Ghana, South Africa and Senegal. Each of these is built on the same principles – delivering clean power, while investing in the local community to improve education, enterprise and the environment.

The wind farm will produce over 1000GWh per year and is designed to generate electricity for at least 20 years.

Memorandum of understanding signed

In November 2015, Lekela began development of its 252MW project in Egypt after signing an MoU with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), marked by a meeting with his Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the UK.