Oman’s 50MW Dhofar wind farm has produced its first kilowatt/hour and the beginning of commercial operations are imminent at the project – which is being developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), alongside wind turbines supplier GE Renewable Energy, and contractors Gopa-International Energy Consultants (Intec), TSK and Welayat Shaleem.
On its official Twitter account, Oman's Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer), which will be operating the wind farm, said: “The plant is expected to commercially operate in the upcoming months.”
According to information published on Masdar’s website, the renewable energy project – funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) – will meet at least 7% of Dhofar governorate`s total power demand. The project will power 16,000 homes in the sultanate and will reduce 110,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
GE has installed 13 wind turbines each with an electricity generation capacity of 3.8MW at the wind farm, according to Tanweer. Construction work on the plant had begun in the first quarter of 2018.