Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received a contract to deliver wind turbines and maintenance services for a 415MW wind project in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia.
The order for the Dumat Al Jandal windfarm has been awarded by a consortium of France’s EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). The windfarm will be Saudi Arabia’s first utility-scale wind park.
Vestas will supply and install 99 V150-4.2MW wind turbines and has also signed a 20-year active output management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.
Vestas Mediterranean president Eduardo Medina said: “I would like to thank EDF Renewables and Masdar for the strong collaboration on developing this solution where we have leveraged our extensive experience in pioneering wind markets to win the competitive auction for the country’s first wind park.
“With our 4MW platform’s market-leading cost of energy and our expertise throughout the entire wind energy value chain, the project delivers sustainable energy and develops the region’s renewable energy industry.”
The EDF-Masdar consortium obtained the Dumat Al Jandal project in January 2019 from the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), which is part of the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM).
Once operational, the Dumat Al Jandal windfarm will produce electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC).
The contract is part of the first phase of Saudi Arabia’s plan to install 7GW of wind capacity within five years, and 16GW by 2030.