The Gulf of El Zayt Wind Farm is a 200MW wind project to be constructed on the west bank of the Gulf of Suez in the Gulf of El Zayt, Egypt. It will be constructed on a site located approximately 12km west of Ras Shukeir in a coastal arid zone between Gulf of El Zayt and Zafarana.
Planned to be one of the biggest wind farms in Africa, the project will be built on an area of 35km² and is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2017.
The project was proposed by Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) and will be built through funds provided by the European Union, Germany’s KfW Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.
It is expected to generate approximately 800GW a year, which will be enough to meet the power needs of approximately 500,000 people. It will also offset 400,000t of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
Gulf of El Zayt wind farm make-up
The wind farm will consist of 100 Gamesa G80-2.0 wind turbines of 2MW each, in rows that will be perpendicular to the direction of the wind. The turbines will be approximately 110m-high and will be spaced between 200m and 300m in a row.
The turbines will be installed in rows, spaced at 1km, from south-west to north-east direction. The selected location receives favourable wind with an expected load factor of approximately 45%.