A landmark wind farm in Oman has yielded its first kilowatt hour of electricity.
The 50MW Dhofar Wind Farm was successfully hooked up to the local transmission grid at the beginning of August during the commission of its first wind farm, reports Trade Arabia.
It paves the way for a remaining 12 turbines that are due to be connected to the grid sequentially between now and the end of the year.
The wind farm has been financed in its entirety by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD, said: “ADFD recognised early on the importance of funding renewable energy projects in driving the objectives of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“To advance sustainable energy solutions worldwide, ADFD has, since its inception, partnered with regional and international stakeholders, contributing to the production of about 2,584MW of renewable energy in different countries.
“Bringing Oman’s 50MW Dhofar Wind Farm online is yet another milestone in our 48-year development funding journey.
“Aimed at helping to achieve SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy – this strategic venture also contributes to enhancing Oman’s energy output, while creating job opportunities and bolstering sustainable economic development in the country.”
The project is being implemented by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) through an EPC consortium of GE Renewable Energy and Spain’s TSK.
The wind farm is expected to generate as much as 7% of Dhofar’s total power demand when at full capacity.
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said: “Masdar is proud to have developed the first utility-scale wind farm in the GCC.
“The successful connection of the first wind turbine to the electricity transmission grid at the Dhofar Wind Farm is a major step for Oman and the country’s ambitions to diversify its energy mix to include renewables.
“As a global leader in the development of commercially viable wind power, Masdar is committed to advancing clean-tech innovation both regionally and internationally by deploying the latest technologies at scale and enhancing their commercial viability.”