Masdar awards EPC contract for 50MW Dhofar wind farm
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a global consortium comprising GE and Spain’s TSK to build the Dhofar wind power project, the first large-scale wind farm in Oman and the GCC region.
Dhofar wind power project is a result of the joint development agreement that was established in 2014 between Masdar and Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAECO). Funding for the wind farm is provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), a leading national entity supporting global socio-economic development initiatives.
The 50MW wind farm will electrify an estimated 16,000 homes and offset 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, according to a press released issued by Masdar on Saturday.
Mohamed Jameel al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, “Oman has immense untapped potential in renewable energy, particularly in solar and wind. Masdar is proud to be supporting the historically close ties between the UAE and the sultanate by providing our experience and expertise from delivering cutting-edge renewable energy solutions across the world. The Dhofar wind power project will play an important role in supporting the diversification of Oman’s energy mix, while providing a reliable source of clean power to serve its growing population and economy.”
Saleh bin Nasser al Rumhi, CEO of RAECO said, “Dhofar wind power project represents a fundamental shift in clean energy projects in the region and in the sultanate in particular. It is the first project of its kind in the Gulf region and will offset 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.”
“The signing of this agreement signifies a major step in the development of the Dhofar wind power project and is testimony to the strong relationship between Oman and the UAE. We look forward to the signing of other associated agreements related to the project in October,” Rumhi added.
Mohammed Saif al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD noted, “We are proud to fund the Dhofar wind power project, the first of its kind in Oman with its innovative technology and which upon completion will contribute to the sultanate’s position as a clean energy leader in the region. The project will represent seven per cent of the total installed power generation capacity in Dhofar Governorate.”
GE will lead the EPC consortium, and will provide the project’s 13 wind turbines powered by the company’s latest 3.8MW wind turbine generator solution. TSK will support the consortium partners with the construction of the balance of plant.