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Saudi Arabia will get its first wind farm

Saudi Arabia gets its first wind farm
Dumat Al Jandal, the Center East’s largest wind farm and the primary within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is now related to the grid and has produced its first carbon-free megawatt-hours (MWh) of vitality.

The 400-megawatt (MW) utility-scale wind energy challenge is being developed by a consortium led by EDF Renewables and Masdar, two of the world’s main renewable vitality corporations.

The wind farm consists of 99 wind generators from provider and EPC contractor Vestas, every with an influence output of 4.2 MW. Building started in September 2019, and the wind turbine erection works are close to completion.

When full, the wind farm will generate carbon-free vitality, powering as much as 70,000 Saudi households, whereas saving 988,000 tonnes of CO2 per yr in assist of the Kingdom’s local weather change mitigation objectives.

Olivier Marchand, Venture Director of Dumat Al Jandal Wind Co for Vitality LLC, said, “We’re delighted to start out the early energy manufacturing of this distinctive large-scale wind challenge in KSA – Dumat Al Jandal wind farm.

The excellent dedication proven by our groups and contractors with the implementation of the best well being and security requirements and the total assist offered by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Vitality, Saudi Energy Procurement Firm (SPCC) and the Saudi Electrical energy Firm (SEC) have contributed to the profitable execution of the challenge throughout this extraordinarily difficult pandemic interval. We at the moment are wanting ahead to efficiently reaching, with our companions and contractors, the total commissioning of the challenge within the months to come back.”

Osama Al Othman, Nation Consultant, Saudi Arabia, Masdar, mentioned, “Masdar is proud to be leveraging its expertise in renewable vitality to ship the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm in collaboration with our companions. The profitable connection of the challenge to the electrical energy transmission grid marks an necessary milestone for this landmark challenge within the Kingdom and we look ahead to challenge’s completion within the close to future. As a worldwide chief within the improvement of commercially viable wind energy, Masdar is dedicated to advancing clear expertise throughout the area and we are going to proceed our efforts to assist the nation’s formidable vitality program.”

The wind farm can also be contributing to the area’s financial exercise, creating greater than 600 native jobs through the building part. The challenge has additionally achieved a major well being and security milestone by securing 1.8 million man-hours with no single lost-time harm (LTI) because of the strict well being and security procedures on website.

The Dumat Al Jandal wind farm will provide electrical energy underneath a 20-year energy buy settlement (PPA) with the Saudi Energy Procurement Firm, a subsidiary of the Saudi Electrical energy Firm (SEC), the Saudi energy technology and distribution firm.