Hassan Younis,
Electricity Minister,
Egypt
 
16 September 2010 – A total of 2,500 megawatts generated from the wind energy will be added to the national power grid soon, said Egypt’s Electricity Minister Hassan Younis on September 13th 2010

Now, wind energy contributes 550 megawatts to the national power grid but the figure is expected to rise to 7,200 by 2020, the minister said.

The ministry is now encouraging the private sector to take part in power generation projects through providing all technical information needed to investors and offering necessary government guarantees, Younis said.

He unveiled that the private sector will contribute 1,370 megawatts to power generation projects.

Field studies are under way to set up a wind farm, the first to be set up by the private sector, he added. It will be situated in the Gulf of Suez and will be operational by 2014, he added.