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Building Benban: Inside Egypt’s 1.6GW Solar Park

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By Ben Willis

Amid reports of logistical and bureaucratic
difficulties, Germany’s IB Vogt earlier this
year became the first company to complete
and energise one of the multiple projects
that will eventually make up Benban,
Egypt’s gargantuan solar park in the
western desert governorate of Aswan.

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