More Danish aid for resource measurements and staff training

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Egypt is to get more money from Denmark for wind energy studies. Three grants totalling more than DKK 11 million have been approved for technical training and wind resource measuring. The largest sum, DKK 9 million, is for a wind atlas of the whole country. As well as wind measurements, the project includes training of staff at the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the preparation of maps of bird migration routes, and development of guidelines for wind farm planning. A second grant of DKK 1.9 million is for micro wind measurements at Zafarana, an area slated for development of a 60 MW wind farm. And DKK 337,423 has been granted to Carl Bro International for training staff at NREA "in connection with Danida's support of the development of the wind sector in Egypt." Danish aid for wind in Egypt was DKK 190 million in 1995, was expected to be DKK 200 million last year and is projected at DKK 225 million for 1997. The money has mainly gone to a turbine test site and demonstration wind farm (Windpower Monthly, April 1996). Despite the high level of investment, development lags years behind schedule.

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