Newsicon

img

New Record Achieved by Dhofar Wind Power

The Rural Areas Electricity Company "Tanweer" - a member of Nama Group- announced a new highest generation level at Dhofar Wind project exceeding 30 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in July, the highest since the Wind Farm commenced commercial operation in November 2019.

The Plant, Oman`s first wind-based power project and one of the most prominent renewable energy projects, managed to reach this level of power generation at an average wind speed of 12.6 meters per second (m/s).

On this occasion, Mr. Ahmed Said Al Harthy, Tanweer Acting CEO, said, "Tanweer seeks to develop and implement studies to support economic diversification plans, promote sustainable energy, and achieve optimal energy use byfocusing on renewable energy projects in the company`s concession areas."

"Dhofar Wind Power Plant is part of the electricity transmission grid in the province and supplies customers with more than 190 GWH of clean electricity," he added.

The wind farm has a generation capacity of 50 MW with 13 wind turbines, each turbine with a production capacity of 3.8 MW. The generated electricity is transmitted via high voltage lines (132 kV) connected to the main grid in the Governorate of Dhofar to supply the costumers connected to it.

Al Harthy added that Dhofar Wind Power Plant is only one component of the greater good Tanweer seeks. The company concentrates on strengthening the electricity system in its concession area in the governorates, in line with its relentless efforts to develop and safely operate its grid.

Celebrating this achievement comes as an important milestone in achieving the company`s vision, which aims to produce at least 20% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, thus supporting the Sultanate`s efforts to reach 30% of clean electricity production by 2030.

Tanweer`s projects to reach this end include inaugurating a solar power plant in the Wilayat of Al Mazyona in the Dhofar Governorate in 2015 on ​​8000 square metres and an annual production capacity of 550-MWH. Al Mazyona Solar Power Plant is the first commercial project to produce electricity using renewable energy in Oman. In addition, it promotes the use of clean, renewable energy through its contribution to reducing 433 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Tanweer is also implementing and overlooking several renewable energy projects in the Sultanate, especially schools located in the company`s concession areas. Including four solar-powered schools.

The company`s efforts did not go unnoticed. Dhofar Wind won the "Wind Power Project of the Year" award at the Asian Power Awards in 2019. Tanweer`s win enhanced the Sultanate`s presence in renewable energy on the international scene.

Oman`s first wind farm is a successful result of the joint development agreement signed in 2014 between the Sultanate`s government represented by the Rural Areas Electricity Company "Tanweer" and Abu Dhabi`s government represented by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company "Masdar", with investments amounting to $100 million. The Farm, spread over ​​19 square kilometers, is located in the Fetkhit area in Wilayat of Shaleem and Al Halaniyat islands. It is the largest wind-powered electricity generation plant in the Arabian Gulf region.