Senior delegation of government and business dignitaries witness progress being made in the development of the 50MW Dhofar Wind Farm
A senior delegation of government and business dignitaries has witnessed the progress being made in the development of the 50-megawatt (MW) Dhofar Wind Farm in Oman, the GCC’s first utility-scale wind farm.
Visitors to the project site in the southern Dhofar Governorate included Hamdan Ali Al Hinai, chairman of the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Yaqoob Alkyumi, CEO, Saleh Al Rumhi, CEO of Tanweer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, and Omar Al Wahaibi, CEO of MANA Holding.
The wind farm, which is fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), reflects Oman’s commitment to diversify its energy sources, a statement said.
It added that the project is being implemented by Masdar on behalf of ADFD, through an EPC consortium of GE Renewable Energy and TSK.
On completion in the third quarter of this year, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 16,000 homes, equivalent to 7 percent of the Dhofar Governorate’s total power demand.
Construction began in the first quarter of 2018 and four of the project’s 13 wind turbines have now been installed, and virtually all of the project’s infrastructure has been completed.
The remaining wind turbines will be in place by the end of March, before being connected to the grid.
OPWP will be the off-taker, or purchaser of the generated power, from the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (Tanweer), which is responsible for operating the wind power plant upon completion.
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD, said: “To contribute in achieving the strategic priorities of the Omani government, ADFD is delighted to work alongside world-class stakeholders... ADFD is proud of the steady and timely progress of the 50MW wind farm in Oman.”
Al Rumhi said: “Today’s site visit marks an important milestone in the development of the country’s first wind power plant, and Oman’s sustainable energy transition. Supporting the diversification of Oman’s energy mix and economy is our top priority, in line with Oman’s sustainability goals, which aims to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
"Oman and the region possess high wind and solar potential. The Dhofar project is one of many initiatives to harness renewable energy in Oman,” he added.
GE Renewable Energy is providing the project’s 3.8MW wind turbines that are tailor-made for hot and arid desert conditions, while TSK is responsible for the remainder of the wind farm’s infrastructure and electrical transmission facilities connecting the plant to the grid.
Power demand in the Dhofar Governorate, the largest of Oman’s 11 Governorates, is growing at around 10 percent annually. Besides helping to meet this demand, the Dhofar Wind farm will offset an estimated 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, while reducing reliance on natural gas for domestic power generation.