16 July 2019 by Craig Richard of WIND POWER MONTHLY
Vestas will supply a consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar with 99 turbines for Saudi Arabia’s first utility-scale wind farm.
It will provide its V150-4.2MW turbine for the developers’ 415MW Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in the southerly Al Jouf region.
The Danish manufacturer will build the project on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, supply and install its turbines, and also service the site for 20 years.
Once operational, Dumat Al Jandal will provide the Saudi Power Procurement Company with output under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The consortium — in which EDF Renewables owns a 51% majority stake, and Masdar the 49% remainder — outbid an Engie-led partnership, Enel Green Power and ACWA Power.
Saudi Arabia has just one operational turbine — a GE 2.75-120 unit owned by oil giant Saudi Aramco in the northern borders of the country.
It has a target of 16GW under its Vision 2030 program — a package of economic, energy and public sector goals for the country to achieve by the end of the next decade.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office is due to award 850MW of wind capacity this year, with the projects expected online between 2021 and 2022.