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The consortium consisting of EDF Renewables and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC) has announced that it has won the tender for the Dumat Al Jandal wind farm. With an installed capacity of 400 MW, it will be Saudi Arabia’s first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East.
The future wind farm will benefit from 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 Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded to the consortium by the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) at the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) following a call for tenders launched in August 2017.
During a readout in Riyadh in July 2018, it was announced that the consortium submitted the most cost-competitive bid at US$21.3 per MWh.
The wind farm will be located 560 miles from north of Riyadh in the Al Jouf region of north-western Saudi Arabia. Both EDF Renewables and Masdar teams are already mobilized and construction works, especially with local businesses, will start in a few months.
The project is 51%-owned by EDF Renewables and 49%-owned by Masdar.
It supports the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy, which aims to double its renewable energy capacity by 2030 – both in France and worldwide – to 50 GW, and the government of Saudi Arabia's goal of increasing the share of renewables in the national energy mix to 10% by 2023.