Receiving operations begin at wind power project17 December 2018

ALE has started the receiving operations of GE wind turbines components in Oman for the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) first-ever large-scale wind farm.

The global heavylifting contractor has been contracted for the Dhofar Wind Power Project to receive, transport and install 13 wind turbine generators, which consist of almost 100 large components.

The 50-megawatt (MW) project is being jointly developed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), with the construction awarded to GE and Spain’s TSK.

Upon completion, the wind power plant will be delivered to TANWEER and the high voltage transmission overhead line will be handed over to OETC for operation and maintenance.

ALE started to receive the components, comprising blades, tower sections, nacelles and hubs at Port of Duqm in September. Upon completion of custom clearance, all components were taken to ALE’s laydown area, close to the port.

The components will be transported 590km overland to the Dhofar Wind Power Project site, two components of the wind turbine generator with each convoy. Due to the size and scale of the convoy, with components measuring up to 65m long and weighing up to 100t each, the items will also be escorted by the police.

The transport is ongoing, with the lifting operations expected to commence in December with the support of the ALE – Wind Services division for the electro-mechanical installation phase. ALE’s scope for Dhofar Wind Power Project is expected to be completed by February 2019.

Dr. Manar Al Moneef, general manager at GE Renewable Energy, in Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, says: “The country has an immense untapped potential in renewable energy, particularly in wind. With this project we are demonstrating our strong commitment to support the aim of diversifying the energy mix in Oman and in the region. I’m excited to see the installation of the first turbine at the site.”

Upon completion, the project will provide electricity to approximately 16,000 homes.

Adam Offord

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