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Discover the largest wind farm in the Middle East: equipped with 96 Siemens Gamesa turbines, the plant is capable of supplying 400 MW of energy in Saudi Arabia

Written by Flavia Marinho
Published 20/05/2024 às 12:03
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The largest wind farm in the Middle East created more than 600 local jobs during the construction phase and will comprise 96 turbines from Siemens Gamesa

The largest wind farm in the Middle East created more than 600 local jobs during the construction phase and will comprise 96 turbines from Siemens Gamesa

The largest wind farm in the Middle East and the first in Saudi Arabia, Dumat Al Jandal, has successfully connected to the grid and started producing carbon-free energy, renewable energy company Masdar reported last Saturday. The 400 megawatt (MW) park is located in Al Jouf Governorate and was developed by a consortium led by Masdar and EDF Renewables. The project consists of 99 wind turbines, 94 of which are from Siemens Gamesa, each with a power of 4,2 MW.

Construction of the park began in September 2019 and assembly work on the wind turbines are being completed. Once completed, Dumat Al Jandal will supply around 70.000 homes in Saudi Arabia with clean energy, avoiding the emission of 988.000 tons of CO² per year. Check the video below

The project contributes to Saudi Arabia's “Vision 2030” goal, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country. The economic reform plan, set out by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to diversify the country's economy and increase the kingdom's renewable energy sources to around 50% by 2030, according to Al Arabiya channel.

“We are delighted to start initial energy production from this unique large-scale wind project,” said Olivier Marchand, project director for the consortium behind the wind farm.

The net installed capacity of renewable energy from 28GW to 60GW between 2015 and 2030.

The project created more than 600 local jobs during the construction phase, ensuring 1,8 million man hours without a single lost time loss, according to the developers.

"This major step clearly demonstrates our ability to provide competitive, innovative and low-carbon energy solutions and support Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 with the aim of reducing the country's carbon footprint," said Olivier Bordes, chief executive of EDF Renewables Middle East.

He added that the expansion of renewable energy in the region was consistent with the Fed's strategy to double its net installed renewable capacity from 28GW to 60GW between 2015 and 2030.

Masdar's representative in Saudi Arabia, Osama Al Othman, said his company's commitment to advancing clean energy across the region was in line with Saudi Arabia's “ambitious energy program.”

The largest wind farm in the Middle East will consist of 96 SG 2.6-114 turbines from Siemens Gamesa

In a separate announcement, renewable energy developer Lekela confirmed that the first 20 turbines in Egypt will be 250mW West Wind.

West Bakr consists of 96 Siemens Gamesa SG 2.6-114 turbines. Located 30km northwest of Ras Ghareb, the largest wind farm in the Middle East came into full operation at the end of 2021. In 2022, Egypt achieved 20% of its energy from renewable sources.

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Flavia Marinho

Flavia Marinho is a Production Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering, with extensive experience in the onshore and offshore shipbuilding industry. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to writing articles for news websites in the areas of industry, oil and gas, energy, shipbuilding, geopolitics, jobs and courses, with more than 7 thousand articles published. Contact us to suggest an agenda, advertise job vacancies or advertise on our portal.

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