Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi led a delegation to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, where they met with HRH Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Al-Jouf, and visited the site of the Dumat Al Jandal wind farm project.
At the meeting, which also included representatives from Saudi Arabian company Nesma Holding and Masdar’s consortium partner in the project, EDF Renewables, the delegation presented on the construction progress of the wind farm.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) awarded the US$500 million Dumat Al Jandal wind farm in January this year following a call for tenders in August 2017. The winning consortium submitted the most cost-competitive bid of US$21.3 per megawatt hour (MWh).
With an installed capacity of 400 megawatts (MW), the Dumat Al Jandal project will be Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East. Led by EDF Renewables and Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company commercial operations are due to start in the first quarter of 2022.
The Dumat Al Jandal wind farm will supply electricity according to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company, a subsidiary of SEC (Saudi Electricity Company), the Saudi power generation and distribution company.
The wind farm is located 560 miles (896km) north of Riyadh, in the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia.