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Oman has plans to construct a 50MW wind farm in the governorate of Dhofar for US$125mn
According to Reuters, the country plans to slowly wean off its reliance on oil and gas for power generation, and focus on renewable energy generation instead. Demand for electricity is rising in Oman as industrial projects are increasing, but the country’s oil reserves aren’t enough to satisfy its current industrial requirements.
The wind farm will be built at Harweel, and will meet 50 per cent of the total demand during winter. Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAEC) stated that the wind farm will be operational by 2017.
The project will be coordinated by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar) and funded by the government of Abu Dhabi. Turbines for the project would be made in a Western country, while Omani contractors would be given a large share of construction, added RAEC officials.
The country’s electricity company plans to launch seven more renewable energy projects in 2015 – five solar energy projects at a total cost of US$7.8mn and two wind power plants.