Masdar-led consortium opens $331m Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia
The commercial wind project will provide emissions-free power to 113,000 homes in Serbia and the Western Balkans
A consortium led by Abu Dhabi-based sustainability giant Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, inaugurated the $331m (AED1.2bn) Čibuk 1 commercial wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans – the largest utility-scale project of its kind in the region – which will provide sustainable and emissions-free power to 113,000 homes.
The inauguration was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia, HE Aleksandar Vučić; Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy, HE Aleksandar Antić; UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, HE Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi; UAE Ambassador to Serbia, HE Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri; and chief executive officer of aerospace, renewables and ICT at Mubadala, Khaled Al Qubaisi.
According to Masdar, the 37km2 Čibuk 1 project, located 50km from Belgrade, comprises 57 GE Renewable Energy onshore wind turbines.
With a capacity of 158MW of clean power, the wind farm will displace more than 370,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by more than six million trees.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Al Zeyoudi said: “Through its compelling business case, renewable energy has established itself as the new power generation technology of choice.
“The rise in the uptake of renewables is driven by its increasing cost efficiency as well as growing calls for sustainability around the world. We are proud to share that the UAE’s renewable energy projects that are operational and under way have a combined capacity of 11.4GW, including 8.4GW within the country and 3GW abroad.”
Čibuk 1 is Masdar’s fifth wind farm in Europe after the 630MW London Array; the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in England, and Hywind Scotland; and a 30MW floating wind power development situated near the coast of Aberdeenshire. Masdar is also a partner in the 72MW Krnovo wind energy project in Montenegro.
In January 2019, EDF Renewables and Masdar announced they had been picked to develop the Middle East’s largest wind farm, the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal project in Saudi Arabia.