EDF and Masdar win tender to build first Saudi wind project
An association of EDF Renewables and Masdar will build the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project in Saudi Arabia, Middle East.
Dumat Al Jandal, which upon completion will be the first wind farm in Saudi Arabia, will supply power to the Saudi Procurement Company, a sub-division of Saudi Electricity Company. The agreement is applicable for a minimum of 20 years.
The project is based in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia, in the North-West, around 900km north of Riyadh.
The association was granted development rights by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office located in the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources following an announcement for tenders in August 2017. The bid was set at $21.3 a megawatt per hour.
EDF Renewables and Masdar are already making arrangements and construction is expected to commence in the next three months.
The plant is 51%-owned by EDF Renewables and 49% by Masdar.
EDF Renewables chairman and chief executive Bruno Bensasson said: “We are delighted to be awarded this first wind project in the country, which is set to be the most powerful wind farm in the Middle East.
“This success reflects the quality of our partnership with Masdar which has enabled us to jointly submit the most competitive bid. Wind power is now representing a renewable and economical solution in the energy mix.
“This new project demonstrates our ambitions in the country and represents another step forward under the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy, which aims to double its renewable energy capacity by 2030 – both in France and worldwide – to 50GW.”
Masdar chief executive Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set a clear energy strategy to substantially increase the share of renewables in its total energy mix to 10% by 2023.
“The selection of Masdar and EDF to develop the Kingdom’s first utility-scale wind power plant is a significant achievement.
“We are proud to leverage our strong track record in renewables to support the Kingdom’s strategy to increase the share of clean energy in its energy mix.
“Masdar and EDF stand ready to devote our expertise to realising this world-class project.”
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