Oman Plans to Install Offshore Wind Farms in Arabian Sea
- Feb 26, 2020 12:53 pm GMT
Oman reportedly is planning to build offshore wind farms in the Arabian Sea, a plan that complements the countrys desire to install and increase high power generation capacity from renewable resources, Kallanish Energy learns.
H.E. Salim al Aufi, Omans undersecretary in the Ministry of Oil & Gas, said the country has intended for a long time to build offshore wind farms and expects to announce the settlement of the plan along with other announcements within 2020.
The sultanate will be conducting a study on how offshore wind speeds would help generate energy, the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Suitable locations will be identified to improve wind power efficiency using this data.
Estimates are average wind speeds of nearly 10 meters per second at a height of 100 meters have been observed at certain near-shore areas in Omani waters, rivaling the wind speed observations in the North Sea.
Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat Oman is aiming for renewables to provide 30% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, which is roughly 4,800 megawatts.
Currently, the country is tendering for solar energy totaling 1,700 MW and procurement of another 2,600 MW to be added in the pipeline.
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