RAECO signs two agreements for Dhofar wind power project
Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) on Tuesday signed two agreements for the Dhofar wind power project which is expected to generate electricity for 16,000 houses.
At InterContinental Muscat, RAECO signed a power purchase agreement with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, and a power connection agreement with Oman Electricity Transmission Company.
Eng Saleh bin Nasser al Rumhi, CEO, RAECO signed the agreements. While Eng Yaqoob al Kiyumi, CEO, signed the agreement on behalf of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, Eng Masood al Riyami, COO, signed the pact for Oman Electricity Transmission Company.
The engineering, procurements and construction works have been awarded to Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. The 50MW wind energy project will be based in Fetkheet in the wilayat of Shaleem and Halaniyat Islands in Dhofar.
Eng Rumhi said, “The sultanate has made its best efforts over the past years to make use of its natural elements to generate energy. Today, we are celebrating the launch of a project which, I’m sure, will be followed by many more.”
He said electricity supply in 2016 reached 30.4 terawatt hours, which was five per cent more than the supplying average of 2015 and about 220 per cent higher than in 2005. The number of customers has increased by 7.4 per cent compared to 2015, reaching more than 1,074,597 by the end of 2016.
The Dhofar wind power project, a first such project in the Gulf, will be built on an area of 1,900ha.