Masdar installs first turbine at Dhofar wind power project

Muscat - 

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, announced the installation of the first of 13 turbines at the 50MW Dhofar Wind Farm project. Located in Dhofar, the project is fully financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid.

All 13 turbines are scheduled to be installed by March.

The Dhofar Wind Farm project follows an agreement signed in 2014 between Masdar and the Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAECO). A Masdar-led consortium including GE and Spain’s TSK is developing the Gulf region’s first large-scale commercial wind farm. Masdar is the project developer and implementation lead.

In a press release, Eng Saleh bin Nasser al Rumhi, CEO of TANWEER, said, “We are looking forward to the implementation of this initiative, which will be the first large-scale renewables project in Oman. Our team has worked closely with all the participants to bring this technology to the sultanate and to ensure knowledge transfer in the country.

RAECO’s mandate is to supply electricity to large areas of Oman, and this project fits well with our expertise and ambition. We are also looking to implement other renewable technologies, including solar PV, to augment our existing generation plants across 11 site locations.”

The Dhofar Wind Farm is expected to become operational by the third quarter of 2019. It will supply seven per cent of the Dhofar governorate’s electricity demand, or enough clean energy to power an estimated 16,000 homes, while offsetting an estimated 110,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Once complete, the wind farm will be handed over to RAECO, which will then operate the plant and supply the generated electricity to the local Dhofar power grid through an overhead power line managed by the Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC). The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will offtake the generated electricity from RAECO in line with a power purchase agreement signed in September 2017.

Mohamed Jameel al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar, said, “As a global leader in wind energy technology, we are proud to support Oman in the realisation of its renewable energy ambitions, and deeply committed to our partnership with Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the world-class consortium delivering this milestone wind energy project on schedule and to the highest operational standard.”

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