Oman’s vision to move towards sustainable sources of energy for electricity generation took a huge leap forward as the Dhofar Wind Farm project buzzed its first kilowatt-hour of electricity to the grid.
While the project is considered a remarkable achievement in utilising the nation’s sustainable energy resources, it also successfully reinforces Oman’s grip on electricity transmission.
The electricity was generated as a result of commissioning of the farm’s first wind turbine. A total of 12 wind turbines are due to be commissioned, tested, and connected to the grid in sequence.
Commercial operation of this wind farm, which is funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), is expected to begin before the end of 2019.
This project is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 16,000 homes, equivalent to 7 per cent of Dhofar Governorate’s total power demand, and will offset an estimated 110,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually by reducing reliance on natural gas for domestic power generation.