The Egyptian government's New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) has ordered a further 241 MW of wind turbines from Spain's Gamesa. The company will install the units in two projects at the existing Zafarana wind farm complex on the banks of the Red Sea. The EUR 279 million deal consolidates Gamesa's new position as the biggest supplier to that country, with total sales now up to 405 MW, all with NREA. It also comes on the heels of a 140 MW contract for Morocco, strengthening Gamesa's foothold on emerging Mediterranean markets. The two NREA contracts, won through international tender, are for 284, 850 kW machines, scheduled for installation in the first half of 2008. Civil and electrical engineering work, together with tower manufacturing, have all been contracted locally. Egypt, with 230 MW of operational wind plant by end 2006, has potential for 20 GW, according to estimates cited by Gamesa. Much of previous wind development in the country has been supported by the Danish and German governments.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol