Egypt's long standing plans for two 30 MW wind farms on the Gulf of Suez drew a step closer to realisation last month. The project is being supported by Danish overseas aid agency DANIDA and a formal request for funding was submitted to parliament in April by Denmark's overseas development minister, Helle Degn. The $70 million project, to receive DKK 210 million ($30 million) from Denmark, is part of a large Danish aid programme to assist Egypt plan and develop its electricity system. A pilot project of six Nordtank 300 kW wind turbines is being installed this autumn near Hurghada, on the Red Sea coast, close to a fledgling Egyptian wind energy centre, set up with the assistance of Denmark's Wind Turbine Test Centre at Risø. The 60 MW project, scheduled to be installed as two wind plant at Zafara, will be put out to tender in Denmark, but the aim of the DANIDA programme is for Egypt to eventually learn the business of wind turbine manufacture, says Degn. The Egyptian authorities are to provide the 60 kilometre link to the main Egyptian grid, she adds.
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