August 14 (Renewables Now) – The 50-MW Dhofar wind farm in Oman, powered by General Electric (NYSE:GE) hardware, has been connected to the grid and produced its first power.
The project in Dhofar Governorate was developed by Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy major Masdar and financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The plant’s first GE 3.8-130 turbine was commissioned last week, state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) said in a Twitter post.
The remaining 12 machines will be commissioned, tested and connected to the grid in sequence, with the complex planned to be fully operational by end-2019. Once up and running, it will be able to produce electricity for 16,000 homes per year, which will be enough to meet 7% of the Dhofar Governorate’s total power demand. The output will be sold to Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
Tanweer will operate the wind park following completion, while and TSK of Spain is in charge of the infrastructure linking the plant to the power grid, such as substations and transmission lines.