In January, GWS installed the very first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia. A highly experienced installation and project management team were deployed from GWS’s Turkish business unit to the gulf state to install a GE 2.75-120 wind turbine. The wind turbine has a power output of 2.5MW, a blade tip height of 145 metres, and will supply enough energy to power 250 Saudi households. A bulk plant in Turaif will be powered by the new system, which is projected to reduce the amount of diesel fuel needed to power the plant by some 18,600 barrels of oil annually.
By installing the first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia, GWS is taking an important step, in cooperation with General Electric (GE) and Saudi Aramco, towards increasing the global renewable energy footprint. Saudi Aramco partnered with GE to promote wind power and further its goals for renewable energy alternatives – aiming to produce 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030.
“We are proud to play a role in this historic project together with GE Renewable Energy and Saudi Aramco. It is not only a milestone for the development of renewable energy in this region, but also the continuation of the strong partnership between GWS and GE when entering new markets like Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Høj Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer of GWS.