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Oman identifies 15 sites for wind projects

Wind atlas mapping finds the Sultanate's best locations for further testing.

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Oman has identified 15 sites around the country suitable for wind power projects.

The Oman Wind Atlas Project is an initiative launched by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), to encourage investment in the Sultanate.

The first stage of the study focused on the identification and ranking of the best sites for wind farms.

Phase two focuses on the installation of 80-metre-high wind masts equipped with data measuring equipment.

"The aim is to identify and rank the best sites based not only on modelling and satellite data but also on the ground characteristics,” said Khalil al Zidi, Senior Engineer -- Renewable Energy, PAEW.

“To this end, we will install wind masts at 80 metres above ground at the best sites in order to collect bankable data."

Oman's first commercial scale wind power project is currently under construction in southern Dhofar Governorate and is due to come into operation in 2017.

The 50MW plant is being jointly developed at a cost of $125mn by the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company.

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