First Wind Turbine in Saudi Arabia Delivered by Aramco and GE

December 21, 2016

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First Wind Turbine in Saudi Arabia Delivered by Aramco and GE
Saudi Arabia's first wind turbine was recently delivered to Saudi Aramco by GE. Image courtesy of Saudi Aramco

Representatives from Saudi Aramco’s Power Systems unit and General Electric (GE) held an event in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to mark the delivery of the first wind turbine in the country, the government-owned petroleum company announced Dec. 18.

Aramco described the delivery of the GE-built 2.75-120 wind turbine as “marking a historic milestone for renewable energy in the Kingdom.” A bulk plant in Turaif will be powered by the new system, the company said, which is projected to reduce the amount of diesel fuel needed to power the plant by some 18,600 barrels of oil annually.

“Saudi Aramco is actively promoting the reduction of energy intensity across the Kingdom by advocating responsible policies, awareness, and energy innovation,” said Abdulkarim Al Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco’s executive head of Power Systems, in a statement. “This milestone has been made possible with the skills and knowledge Saudi Aramco has attained over decades as the Kingdom’s reliable supplier of energy and those of our partner, GE, as a wind industry leader.”

The government-owned entity has been working since 2010 to integrate renewable energy sources into the country’s energy mix, kicking off an effort in 2012 to measure the wind resources of Saudi Arabia. By 2023, the company plans to deliver 9500 mw of energy to the country from a combination of wind and solar energy.

“With the arrival of the first GE wind turbine in the Kingdom, we are demonstrating our strong commitment to support the aim of diversifying the energy mix. This is a momentous occasion as it highlights that wind energy generation in the Kingdom is ‘real’ and heralds a new era of renewable energy that clearly shows to the world that action is being taken to support the renewable goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” said Hisham Albahkali, GE’s president and chief executive officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in the release.

Arriving at the Jubial port in October, the wind turbine will be transferred to Turaif by a 12-vehicle convoy before its scheduled commissioning in January 2017, the company said. Its foundations are currently under construction at the site.

GE’s onshore wind turbines are installed in over 35 countries, collectively generating over 500,000 mw of power.

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