The largest wind farm in the region has begun to generate electricity, in a major milestone announced by energy firm Tanweer.
The Dhofar Wind Farm Project will have a capacity of 50MW, using 13 wind turbines to increase energy production in the region.
Once fully operational, it will be the first large-scale wind farm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
“Tanweer proudly announces the first kilowatt per hour is produced as one of the major milestones achieved for Dhofar Wind Farm Project,” the company announced last week.
“The plant is expected to commercially operate in the upcoming months,” it added.
Tanweer, also known as the Rural Areas Electricity Company, and Masdar, a developer and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects, are responsible for the renewable energy project. It is funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
The facility will generate enough electricity to supply 16,000 homes, equivalent to 7% of the Dhofar Governorate’s total power demand, according to Masdar.
As well as helping to meet Oman’s growing energy demand, the wind farm will also reduce domestic reliance on gas to generate electricity.
The progress being made by the wind farm comes just months after the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) announced ambitions to diversify its energy sources and set a goal of using renewables to provide 30% of its electricity.
As part of the initiative, announced in March this year, OPWP detailed several other renewable energy programmes, including a major solar power project and Oman’s first waste-to-energy independent power plant.
The developments in Oman are part of a wider move towards renewable energy projects in the Middle East.
Earlier this year, it was announced that a 50MW solar power plant is under construction in Jordan. The Al Husainiyah Power Plant is expected to cost $74m and is being developed in a bid to reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.
The renewable energy plant is expected to be up and running by the end of 2020 and will provide the power grid with enough energy for 42,000 households.