81 Percent Completion Rate in Dhofar Wind Power Project

Shaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands, The completion of the construction

work in the Dhofar Wind Power Project in Fatkheit area in the Wilayat of Shaleem and Al

Halaniyat Islands in the Governorate of Dhofar reached 81%. The pilot operation is

expected to start in the third quarter of this year.

Eng. Saleh bin Nasser al-Rumhi, CEO of Rural Areas Electricity Company, said. “The

project is the first of its kind in the Gulf region and is being built on a total area of 1900 ha,

at a cost of about 100 million US dollars. The high voltage lines are estimated at 132 kV

with the main network in the Governorate of Dhofar and will serve the subscribers linked to

it.

The CEO of Rural Areas Electricity Company said that the project is proceeding at a high

rate. The installation of the fourth wind turbine has been completed in the project. The

installation of the total 13 turbines will be completed by the end of March. The latest

technological wind turbines suitable for the environment are used, with a capacity of 3.8

MW per turbine.

Dhofar Wind Power Project is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf region and is the

result of a joint development agreement signed in 2014 between the Government of the

Sultanate represented by the Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) and the

Government of Abu Dhabi represented by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar).

The plant will have a capacity of 50 megawatts of clean electricity and meet the needs of

about 16,000 houses in the Governorate of Dhofar. The project will help develop the

regulatory, legal and technical framework to suit renewable energy technology, demonstrate

the feasibility of wind technology in the Sultanate and address energy sustainability, and

could save large quantities of gas that can be used in other industries.

Source: Oman News Agency