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42 turbine blades arrive in Egypt for construction of a wind farm in Ras Ghareb

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According to a cabinet statement recently a shipment of 42 turbine blades arrived at Egypt’s port of Adabiya for the construction of a wind farm in Ras Ghareb. The statement further mentioned that several wind turbines would be arriving in the coming days for the project.

The delivery is a part of the electrical ministry’s strategy to increase Egypt’s usage of renewable energy. According to a statement, this is due to Egypt’s hosting of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh. Egypt intends to increase its national combined capacity to 6.8 GW by 2024 by adding an additional 3.3 GW of utility-scale wind and solar power facilities.

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According to the US-based Global Energy Monitor (GEM) the nation generates 1.6 GW of electricity from its wind farms, placing it top among Arab nations in terms of wind power alone.

Ras Ghareb wind farm, a part of the country’s effort to increase renewable energy sources

In order to assure energy security, the Egyptian government has been trying to increase renewable energy sources since 2014. As a result, the government has teamed up with development banks to promote private investment in the renewable energy industry. Egypt wants to boost the amount of power produced from renewable sources to 42% by 2035.

Over the past ten years, Egypt has built numerous renewable energy projects, notably the Benban Solar Park near Aswan. Benban Solar Park, one of the largest in the world and the largest in Africa, is home to more than 32 photovoltaic solar energy projects with a combined capacity of over 1,465 megawatts.

Egypt’s New Administrative Capital (NAC) is also planning to announce the opening of an international tender. With the aim of installing photovoltaic solar cells on the rooftops of some of its residential buildings. As well as generating power with a potential capacity of 130 megawatts.

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