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Masdar signs EPC contract to build wind farm in Oman

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) is providing funding for the project

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Masdar has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a global consortium comprising GE and TSK to build the Dhofar Wind Power Project in Oman, according to WAM. The project will be the first large-scale wind farm in Oman and in the GCC.

GE will lead the EPC consortium, and will provide 13 wind turbines powered by its 3.8MW wind turbine generator solutions. The wind farm is expected to generate 50MW, and will power an estimated 16,000 homes, while also offsetting 110,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

“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,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar.

GE says its turbines are designed to increase both annual energy production and flexibility in operation. TSK will support the consortium partners with the construction of the balance of plant.

Saleh Bin Nasser Al Rumhi, chief executive officer of RAECO said, “We are pleased to be supporting this project and the construction of the Dhofar Wind Power Project, which will be launched after signing of the project development agreement with Masdar in 2014.”

The wind power project is the result of an agreement that was established in 2014 between Masdar and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (RAECO). The project will be funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD added, “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 and will represent 7% of the total installed power generation capacity in the Dhofar governorate, including its capital city Salalah, a major port and free zone.”

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