Plans revealed for $125mn wind farm in Oman

First major wind farm, at Harweel, will have a capacity of 50MW

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Plans have been revealed for a $125mn wind farm in Oman.

The Sultanate's first major wind farm will generate electricity in its southern governorate of Dhofar in a bid to limit the use of oil and gas in power generation.

The wind farm at Harweel will have a capacity of 50 megawatts, enough to meet about 50% of demand in the governorate during the winter, and is expected to begin operating early in 2017, state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAEC) said in a statement.

The project will be coordinated by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) and financed by the Abu Dhabi government. The United Arab Emirates is a significant aid donor for Oman.

The turbines will be made in a Western nation while local contractors will be given a large share of the construction work, RAEC said without elaborating.

The company plans to launch seven more renewable energy projects in 2015: five solar energy projects at a total cost of 3mn rials ($7.8mn), and two wind power plants. 

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