Further 12 turbines to be connected ahead of commercial operations beginning before end of year
The 50-megawatt (MW) Dhofar Wind Farm in Oman has produced its first kilowatt hour of electricity.
The GCC region’s first utility-scale wind farm, which is fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), has been successfully connected to Oman’s electricity transmission grid during commissioning of the project’s first wind turbine.
The remaining 12 wind turbines will be commissioned, tested and connected to the grid in sequence, with commercial operations scheduled to begin before the end of 2019.
Once fully commissioned, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 16,000 homes – equivalent to 7 percent of Dhofar Governorate’s total power demand – and will offset an estimated 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, while reducing reliance on natural gas for domestic power generation.
The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will purchase 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 advance sustainable energy solutions worldwide, ADFD has, since its inception, partnered with regional and international stakeholders, contributing to the production of about 2,584MW of renewable energy in different countries.”
The project is being implemented by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) through an EPC consortium of GE Renewable Energy and Spain’s TSK.
GE Renewable Energy has provided the project’s 3.8MW wind turbines, while TSK is responsible for the remainder of the wind farm’s infrastructure and electrical transmission facilities connecting the plant to the grid.
Earlier this month, the consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar announced that they had reached financial close on the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project in Saudi Arabia, the country’s first utility-scale wind farm that will be the largest in the Middle East when completed.