Construction update on the Middle East’s largest wind farm
Commercial operations to begin in 2022 at the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm in Saudi Arabia
The 400-megawatt (MW) Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm in Saudi Arabia has marked "a key construction milestone" with the arrival of 20 wind turbines at Duba Port.
Developed by a consortium led by EDF Renewables in partnership with Masdar, construction began in August 2019 and commercial operations are due to start in the first quarter of 2022.
The turbines comprising towers, blades and nacelles will be assembled at the Dumat Al Jandal site, located 900km north of Riyadh, in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia.
Vestas is responsible for the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, while TSK is handling the balance of plant (BOP) and Al Babtain Contracting Company is providing the project’s substations and high-voltage solutions.
Dumat Al Jandal will be Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East when completed.
Once fully operational, the wind farm will power up to 70,000 Saudi households, while displacing around 988,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Commenting on the milestone, Osama bin Abdulwahab Khawandanah, chief executive officer of Saudi Power Procurement Company, which is responsible for purchasing the entire production of the Dumat Al Jandal project, said: “Dumat Al Jandal is our first wind energy project producing electricity at scale and as a key project under the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative, it is playing a key role in diversifying Saudi Arabia's power mix sustainably.”
He added: “Dumat Al Jandal reflects our strong partnership with the private sector and the commercial viability of wind energy, which is enabling us to establish a competitive renewable energy sector in the kingdom while reducing our carbon emissions in line with the Vision 2030.”