Danish renewables firm Vestas has won an order from a consortium of France's EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the 415MW Dumat Al Jandal wind park in Saudi Arabia's Al Jouf, marking a significant step in the kingdom’s drive to boost its renewable energy production.
Vestas said the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract covers the supply and installation of 99 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines.
It also includes a 20-year active output management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park.
The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to the Emirati-French consortium by Saudi Arabia's Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo), part of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, in January 2019.
Once operational, the Dumat Al Jandal plant will produce electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Saudi Power Procurement Company.
“With our 4 MW platform’s market-leading cost of energy and our expertise throughout the entire wind energy value chain, the project delivers sustainable energy and develops the region’s renewable energy industry,” said Eduardo Medina, president of Vestas Mediterranean.
He added: “The order marks the first phase of Saudi Arabia’s plan to install 7 GW of wind capacity within five years, and 16 GW by 2030.”
The news comes amid wider plans to localise the production of renewable energy in Saudi Arabia as part of its Vision 2030 economic diversification push.
Solar power is central to this agenda: May 2019 saw seven photovoltaic solar power projects with a capacity of 1.52 GW and worth $1.51bn (SAR5.6bn) launch at Saudi Elenex exhibition.
It was revealed on the side-lines of the Makkah Economic Forum in March 2019 that Saudi Arabia would also begin construction work on a 2.6 GW Makkah solar power project sometime in 2019.