Oman’s Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued separate tenders for legal and technical advisory services on the Dhofar Wind Power project.

The wind farm, located in Harweel in Dhofar, will have about 15 to 20 turbines over an area of 200,000 square metres, with a total capacity of about 50MW. It is scheduled to begin operating in early 2017.

The Abu Dhabi government and sustainable developer Masdar will provide funding and coordinate the project with Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO).

The main contract, for engineering, procurement and construction, is scheduled to be tendered in 2015.

The project is part of Oman’s wider efforts to meet projected electricity demand in the sultanate, which is expected to rise by an average of 9 per cent per year.