Saudi Aramco is partnering with General Electric (GE) to install the kingdom’s first wind turbine at the Turaif Bulk Plant, located in the north-west of the kingdom, Trade Arabia reported.
The project marks the first regional installation of GE’s 2.75-120 Wind Turbine, which has been specifically designed for the kingdom’s climate. The turbine, which features a 120 meter rotor, will allow the displacement of diesel used for power generation at the plant, Saudi Gazette wrote.
The project is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 that has set an initial target of generating 9.5 GW of renewable energy.
The potential for wind energy generation in the kingdom has been confirmed by many studies, GE explained in the statement, adding that the northeast and central regions in particular are conducive to the technology as they experience wind speeds near 8 m/s and above.