Oman plans for $200m wind power project

12 October 2014 (Last Updated October 12th, 2014 18:30)

Oman plans to set up a 50MW wind power project in Dhofar at an estimated cost of $200m in an effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for power generation.

Oman plans to set up a 50MW wind power project in Dhofar at an estimated cost of $200m in an effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for power generation.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) will sign an agreement with Rural Area Electricity Co (RAECO) on 22 October.

As per these terms, Masdar will fund and implement the first major wind project in the Dhofar governorate.

RAECO chief executive officer Eng Hamed bin Salim Al Magdheri announced the details of the project at a press conference on Sunday.

The facility will be spread over an area of 200,000m² at Harweel.

Around 15 to 20 turbines of 2-3.2MW will be installed there at an elevation ranging from 120m to 145m, based on the regional topography and wind directions.

"The project will have a daily generation capacity of 1,200MWh, which will be enough to meet around 50% of Dhofar's power requirements in winter."

Masdar will act as the supervisor and chief manager for the project; however, contractors and operators for the project will be approved by RAECO.

RAECO will take over the operations of the plant three years after its delivery, reports Times of Oman.

Expected to be completed within two years and become operational by 2017, the project will have a daily generation capacity of 1,200MWh, which will be enough to meet around 50% of Dhofar's power requirements in winter.

MuscatDaily.com reports Magdheri as saying: "Harweel was selected for the project, which will be the first of its kind in the GCC, after a preliminary study.

"The project will later be linked to the 132kV transmission main network in Dhofar."

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