Scatec Solar signs PPAs for solar energy in Egypt

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Scatec Solar has signed 25-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for delivery of electricity from six solar plants in Egypt.

Scatec Solar expects the solar plants, situated in the Ben Ban area near Aswan in Upper Egypt with an overall capacity of 400 MW, to produce approximately 870 GWh of solar electricity per year. The projects are part of the 2 GW solar FiT programme started by the Egyptian Government in 2015.

The electricity produced from the 400 MW is expected to replace about 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, supporting Egypt’s emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement.

“With this programme the Government of Egypt is making significant steps towards accessing clean and low cost electricity to drive development and economic prosperity” said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar. “Scatec Solar and partners are making important investments and lengthy commitment to Egypt”. ‘

The solar plants represent an overall projected investment of $450 million and are estimated to generate yearly revenues of approximately $60 million over the 25-year contract period.

Scatec Solar will build, own and run all six projects
The signing ceremony took place in Cairo on April 13th in the attendance of Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi and the Ambassador of Norway Mr. Sten Arne Rosnes.

A group of banks led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is anticipated to support the six projects with a sum debt of up to $350 million.

Scatec Solar is partnering with local developers and with KLP Norfund Investments for equity investments in the projects and may put in added partners to an equity consortium before fiscal close.

The company is a leading developer and owner of large-scale solar plants in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Americas. This latest project raises Scatec Solar’s project build up to 1,131 MW.