Saudi wind project is the cheapest in EMEA region

Following a victory in Saudi Arabia's first large wind energy tender, a consortium consisting of EDF and Masdar will install 400 MW in the country.

In December, GE won the task of installing Saudi Arabia's first wind turbine, rated at 2.75 MW. Now an order is placed for 150 times that capacity. | Photo: Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia's first large-scale wind farm is now underway. A consortium consisting of French EDF Renewables and UAE-based Masdar have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Saudi Electricity Company after having won rights to install the 400 MW Dumat al-Jandal project in a public tender and with an investment sum of USD 500 million, the winning companies inform in a press release.

Beyond being the largest wind farm in the Middle East, it will also be the region's cheapest – and that bearing in mind that the region called EMEA also include Europe. The winning bid was priced at USD 21.3 per MWh.

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