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Plans for $125mn wind farm unveiled in Oman

Southern Governorate of Dhofar to to build 50MW facility by 2017.

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Plans have been revealed for a $125mn wind farm in Oman, the first of its kind in the Sultanate.

The project will generate 50 megawatts (MW) of power in the southern governorate of Dhofar in a bid to limit the use of oil and gas in power generation.

It is expected to begin operating early in 2017 and meet half of local power needs during the winter, 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 a grant from the Abu Dhabi government.

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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