Oman set to launch first ever large-scale wind power plant
by Utilities ME Staff on Jun 2, 2017
Oman’s first large-scale commercial wind-based renewable energy project will start operations in 2020.
“The project has been tendered, but is currently on hold and awaiting approval. The wind farm, which is expected to be comprised of around 25 wind turbines will be located near Harweel,” according to the seven-year outlook for the power and water sector released by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
The wind farm, which is being developed by the state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) in partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, is expected to generate 50 megawatt electricity from its planned farm at Harweel in Dhofar, the seven-year outlook stated.
The project will be operated under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with OPWP.
According to earlier reports, the proposed wind farm will come up in a total area of 200,000 square metres and the power capacity of the plant will be sufficient for about 50% of consumption in the Dhofar region during winter season. The plant will help reduce Oman’s reliance on fossil fuels and meet the country’s increasing energy demand.
OPWP expects to have renewable sources of energy, especially solar and wind projects, contributing to the power system in the near future. Due to their intermittent, non-dispatchable nature, they currently fall under the non-firm resource category.
However, once operational, their performance may demonstrate a contribution to peak capacity requirements that would justify a capacity credit.
The Oman government has been encouraging investment in renewable energy since it will contribute immensely to reducing the use of traditional fossil fuels for generating electricity.