Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, announced today the installation of the first of 13 turbines at the 50 megawatt (MW) Dhofar Wind Farm. Located in the southern Omani governorate of Dhofar, the project is fully financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, the leading national entity for international development aid.
The project follows an agreement signed in 2014 between Masdar and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman, Tanweer. A Masdar-led consortium including GE and Spain’s TSK is developing the Gulf region’s first large-scale commercial wind farm.
GE is providing the project’s 3.8 MW wind turbines, while TSK is responsible for the rest of the wind farm’s infrastructure, which includes medium- and high-voltage substations and 13-kilometres of overhead transmission lines. Masdar is the project developer and implementation lead.
Saleh bin Nasser Al Rumhi, Chief Executive Officer 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. Tanweer's mandate is to supply electricity to large areas of Oman, and this project fits well with our expertise and ambition."
"The company is licensed to generate, transmit, distribute, and supply electricity in the concession areas. Our customers include cities, villages, and local communities scattered across almost 75 percent of the land area of the Sultanate. We are also looking to implement other renewable technologies, including solar PV, to augment our existing generation plants across 11 site locations," he explained
The Dhofar Wind Farm is expected to become operational by the third quarter of 2019. It will supply seven percent 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 carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Once complete, the wind farm will be handed over to Tanweer, 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 Tanweer in line with a power purchase agreement, PPA, signed in September 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ADFD, said, "We are steadfast in our commitment to funding renewable energy projects that benefit socio-economic sectors and reduce harmful emissions. ADFD is proud to work alongside its national and international partners and bring the Gulf’s largest wind farm to Oman."
He added, "Not only will the electricity generated by the Dhofar project help in supporting Oman’s growing energy demand and economic growth, it is also expected to help reduce domestic reliance on gas for electricity generation. This supply can soon be redirected towards more valuable industrial uses and to preserve natural gas resources."
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said, "As a global leader in wind energy technology, we are proud to support the Sultanate of 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."
All 13 turbines are scheduled to be installed by March.