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Masdar-backed Serbian wind farm on track to start ops in 2019

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar says Cibuk 1 wind farm has completed the construction of 33 overhead pylons

Masdar-backed Serbian wind farm on track to start ops in 2019
(SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

A collaboration between Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, Taaleri Energia and the German development finance institution DEG to develop the largest utility-scale commercial wind project in Serbia is on schedule to start production early next year.

Cibuk 1 in Dolovo, situated 50km outside the capital Belgrade, has completed the construction of 33 overhead pylons allowing for the energisation of the wind farm’s substation, its connection to existing transmission lines 11km away, and the handover of the transmission operation building to its operator, a statement said.

Comprising 57 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy, the 158MW wind farm is expected to provide electricity to 113,000 homes and displace more than 370,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. To date, 52 of the wind turbines have been fully assembled.

Vetroelektrane Balkana (WEBG), the project company behind Cibuk 1, is wholly owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between Masdar (60 percent), Taaleri Energia (30 percent), and DEG (10 percent).

Ahmed Al Awadi, general manager, Tesla Wind, said: “We have made significant progress on Cibuk 1, which covers an area of 37 square kilometres, most notably with the recent energisation of the substation to the existing transmission system. We are on schedule to have the wind farm operational next year as planned.”

The power purchase agreement for Cibuk 1 was signed in October 2016. Serbia has pledged to produce 27 percent of its domestic power needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, reducing the country’s dependence on coal-fired power generation in line with European Union regulations.

On completion, Cibuk 1 will be Masdar’s fourth wind farm in Europe after the 630MW London Array, currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm in operation; the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in England; and the 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind project, which is situated off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

Masdar’s renewable energy projects are located in the UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, the UK, Spain, Serbia and Montenegro.

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