Project developed by EDF Renewables-Masdar consortium
The 400-megawatt (MW) Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm in Saudi Arabia has marked a key construction milestone with the arrival of 20 wind turbines at Duba Port delivered by COSCO Shipping Lines.
The project is being developed by a consortium led by EDF Renewables in partnership with Masdar, both global leaders in renewable energy.
The turbines comprising towers, blades and nacelles will be assembled at the Dumat Al Jandal site, located 900km north of Riyadh, in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia.
A total of 99 Vestas V150-4.2MW wind turbines will be installed, with a hub height of 130 meters and rotor diameter of 150 meters.
Vestas is also responsible for the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, while TSK is handling the balance of plant (BOP) and Al Babtain Contracting Company is providing the project’s substations and high-voltage solutions.
Dumat Al Jandal will be Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East when completed.
Construction began last August and commercial operations are due to start in the first quarter of 2022. Once fully operational, the wind farm will power up to 70,000 Saudi households, while displacing around 988,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy awarded the $500 million Dumat Al Jandal wind farm to the EDF Renewables-Masdar consortium in January 2019 following a competitive tender in which it had submitted the lowest bid of $21.3 per megawatt hour (MWh).
The tariff was further improved to $19.9/MWh at financial close, making Dumat Al Jandal the most cost-efficient wind project anywhere in the world.
The Dumat Al Jandal wind farm will supply electricity according to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to the Saudi Power Procurement Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the Saudi power generation and distribution company.