Located in the Sultanate of Oman, in the Dhofar Governorate, the Dhofar Wind Power Project is Masdar’s first investment in Oman’s renewable energy sector. Once completed, the Dhofar Wind Power Project will have an installed capacity of 50 megawatts, making it the first large-scale wind farm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
Construction began in the first quarter of 2018 with the commercial operation date expected for 2019.
Funding for the project is provided by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid.
The 50MW wind farm will help meet Oman’s growing energy demand. It will reduce domestic reliance on gas for electricity generation, which can be redirected toward more valuable industrial uses and preserve natural gas resources.
The project is being constructed in the Thumrait plateau, a region marked by high average wind speeds of up to 8 metres per second. It will employ 13 of GE’s latest wind turbines, which will increase its annual energy production and flexibility in operation.