Cairo, Egypt — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 14 November 2011 – The government of Egypt is to launch a tender offer for the installation of wind farms with a capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) on the Gulf of Suez, according to the country’s energy minister Hassan Yunis.

Citing the minister as revealing this in a statement here, Radio Netherlands Worldwide said the tender represented the second and third phases of the expansion of Egypt’s wind farming plans. The broadcast added that the first phase under the state’s renewable energy programme had been signed in July.

Yunis said the tender involved the supply and installation of the wind farms, as well as the maintenance.

“The wind power plant “’ scheduled to start operation in April 2014 “’ will cost an estimated US$500 million dollars,” he added, “with contributions coming from the European Investment Bank and the European Commission.”

Egypt’s total wind energy capacity currently stands at around 550MW, and the country has set a goal of producing 7,200MW of wind energy by 2020.