Oman embarks on wind power, ink key deals

BE2C2 Report-– Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAEC) has sign a number of agreements for a major wind power project being jointly built with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) in the Dhofar region of the sultanate.

The $105 million capital expenditure of the project will be brought in by Masdar.

A first-of-its-kind in the Gulf region, the Dhofar wind project is expected to generate about 160 GWh per year, enough to meet the power needs of about 16,000 homes and will help avoid the release of 110,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually through the installation of 13 wind turbines, said the report.

The 50-MW wind energy project will be based in Fatkhait area at Wilayat of Shalem and Halaniyat Islands in the governorate of Dhofar.

It is likely to start operations in the third quarter of 2019.

The EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract been awarded by Masdar to the successful bidder, reported Oman Observer.

The signing of agreements– the Power Purchase Agreement by RAEC with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, and Electricity Connection Agreement with Oman Electricity Transmission Company was done this week, report Times of Oman.

Masdar, earlier 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.

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.

The project will boost the total electricity production capacity in Dhofar Governorate by utilizing wind resources where the average wind speed is between 7 to 8 m/s. The project will also contribute to the training of local cadres and will provide a number of employment opportunities.

Raeco is also looking at the possibility of setting up renewable energy projects in 11 locations and feasibility studies are going on.

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