Oman plans first big wind farm project at cost of $125 mln
Oman plans to build its first major wind farm at a cost of $125 million to generate electricity in its southern governorate of Dhofar, as part of efforts to limit the use of oil and gas in power generation.
Electricity demand is rising rapidly as the country pushes large industrial projects, but Oman’s oil reserves are not as ample as those of its wealthy neighbors, so it is exploring the use of renewable energy.
The wind farm at Harweel will have a capacity of 50 megawatts, enough to meet about 50 percent of demand in the governorate during the winter, and is expected to begin operating early in 2017, state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAEC) said in a statement seen on Sunday.
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 $7.8 million, and two wind power plants.