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Masdar to add wind to power portfolio

Wind farm and second solar plant in the pipeline

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Masdar is exploring wind power as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Masdar is exploring wind power as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi’s state-owned renewables company, plans to expand its energy portfolio with its first wind farm and a photovoltaic (PV) plant.

The company plans to start building the wind farm this year, Frank Wouters, director at Masdar Power, is quoted by Bloomberg. The plant will have a generation capacity of between 20-30MW.

“We are evaluating bids from international companies who want to help us build the plant,” he said. Wind speeds in the UAE are “moderate, but still sufficient, he told the news service.

Masdar will also award the contract for the 100MW PV Noor plant.

This will be the second major solar project, after the company announced the 100MW, US$ 600 million concentrated solar power (CSP) Shams I project in June last year.

Noor will be cheaper than Shams I, said Wouters, because of improving efficiency of solar technology.

Shams I will be less efficient than originally anticipated, as dust particles decrease the amount of sunlight that can be harnessed for energy, he added.

Shams 1 is a venture between Masdar, Abengoa SA and Total SA.
 

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