The Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) launched a $164 million tender for maintenance work and spare parts for the Zaafarana wind farms, the Head of NREA, Mohamed El Khayat, said, according to Amwal Al Ghad.

The turbines at the wind farms have been malfunctioning due to a lack of spare parts and maintenance, El Khayat noted.

The NREA lacks financial liquidity, El Khayat said, making it difficult for it to purchase the necessary spare parts for its wind farms. To resolve the issue, he suggested that the current price for electricity generated from the farms be reconsidered.

Egypt is currently in talks with Germany’s Siemens to establish a 2,000 megawatt wind farm and a factory for producing turbine blades, El Khayat noted. The project would cost approximately $2.36 billion.