Wind dominates Middle East renewables pipeline

MIDDLE EAST: There are more wind projects in the pipeline than any other renewable technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to a report published today.

Egypt's Gulf of Suez, where a 250MW project is planned
Egypt's Gulf of Suez, where a 250MW project is planned

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Of the 106 renewable projects in the pipeline across 21 countries, 41.5% are wind projects, totalling 63.1% of the power capacity, says the International Renewable Energy Agency’s MENA Renewables Status Report.

Morroco leads the way in terms of project pipeline with 1.55GW planned from 12 wind projects. 

Egypt is not far behind with a potential 1.07GW from five projects. In May Egypt issued a state request for proposals to build, own and operate a 250MW wind project in the Gulf of Suez.

Egypt currently leads the MENA wind market as far as installed capacity is concerned, with 550MW online and a government target of 7.2GW by 2020.

However, the biggest net oil exporter in the region, Saudi Arabia, has ambitious plans to create 9GW of wind capacity by 2032. Just under 2GW is due to be tendered over the next three years.

Following an introductory round, where 100-150MW could be expected to be contracted, there will be two tendering rounds launched between now and 2016 that will include 650MW of wind in the first round and 1.05GW in the second round.

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