Saudi Arabia to install first wind turbine in 2016

Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine will be installed and operational later this year. The turbine will be installed by GE and Saudi Aramco at Turaif bulk plant and will replace diesel as the primary […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine will be installed and operational later this year.

The turbine will be installed by GE and Saudi Aramco at Turaif bulk plant and will replace diesel as the primary source of power generation for the site.

It has been designed to cope with the harsh climate and analyses its own data several times a second to maximise output and efficiency through its 120-metre blades.

The initiative is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 that has set an initial target of generating 9.5GW of renewable energy. Up to 750,000 homes can be powered by 1GW – this is equivalent to the output of two traditional coal power plants.

The initiative aims to promote renewable energy, economic diversity, local manufacturing as well as increasing productivity and efficiency across the energy and digital sectors.