According to UAE news agency WAM, Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar declared the installation of the first turbine of the 50-megawatt (MW) Dhofar Wind Farm project. An association including GE and Spain’s TSK, led by Masdar, is developing the wind farm, with GE providing the 3.8MW turbines and TSK supplying the rest of the infrastructure, which includes medium, high-voltage substations and some thirteen kilometres of overhead transmission lines. The project, financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, came into existence following an agreement between Masdar and the Oman Rural Areas Electricity Company, Tanweer in 2014.
With the installation of all thirteen turbines by March as scheduled, the project would become the first large scale commercial wind farm in the Gulf, which would then be handed over to Tanweer for its operation and supply of electricity to the local Dhofar power grid. The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will be responsible for off taking the generated power from Tanweer, in accordance with a pact signed on September 2017. Once operation commences from the third quarter of 2019 as per expectations, the wind farm will meet seven percent of the governorate’s electricity requirements or the estimated power demand of sixteen thousand households, while counteracting approximately 110, 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
CEO of Tanweer, Saleh bin Nasser Al Rumhi, stated in a press release that the project in conformity with the company’s mandate for supplying power to large areas of Oman and that Tanweer is looking to implement other renewable technologies such as solar PV to boost existing generation plants across eleven site locations.