The project marks a major step for Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP), in which its goal is to increase the overall dependence on renewable energy and reduce the nation’s dependence on the oil industry.
As Owner’s Engineer, WSP will be responsible for both engineering and design activities and the management, coordination and administration of the wind farm, as well as the construction phase. WSP’s role on the project will continue until the completion of the entire plant and its facilities.
The wind farm, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), consists of 99 Wind Turbine Generators for a total installed capacity of 415 MW.
Kimberley Dewhirst, Onshore Wind Technology Lead at WSP, said: “With bold targets set under Saudi’s Vision 2030 program, WSP is pleased to support the country towards its 16GW of wind capacity development goal. Renewable energy projects such as this are vitally important as we move to decarbonise the way in which we produce, distribute and consume energy. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and bright renewable energy future.”
The appointment builds on WSP’s previous experience of wind farm projects across the world and Middle East, including the 301 MW Tarfaya Wind Farm in Morocco.
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