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Oman to award first wind power contract

A contract to build the Sultanate’s first large-scale wind-based renewable power project is expected to be signed by next month

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A contract to build the Sultanate’s first large-scale wind-based renewable power project is expected to be signed by next month.

A European company is expected to bag the project, which will generate 50 megawatt electricity at Harweel in Dhofar governorate, according to a source, reported Times of Oman.

The renewable energy project is being jointly developed by the state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco) and the UAE-based Masdar. The construction will take anywhere between 18 to 24 months to start power generation, after awarding the project.

“The project will be operated by Raeco under a power purchase agreement with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2017,” said a seven-year outlook for power and water demand released by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Earlier reports suggested that the renewable energy project in Dhofar will cost $125mn. The plant will help reduce Oman's reliance on fossil fuels and meet the country's increasing energy demand.

Considering the potential intermittency of this resource, it is not currently considered as firm capacity. “This position may be altered with experience of the project’s electricity output. OPWP has evaluated hourly wind data collected at the site, and simulated the project’s likely production profile and contribution to the Dhofar Power System,” noted the seven-year outlook report.

In addition to creating a number of direct and indirect jobs, the Dhofar wind farm project will also help in the development of a cadre of Omanis specialising in the construction and operation of wind turbines.

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