Engineering and professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed as owner’s engineer for the Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind farm in Saudi Arabia, the country’s first utility-scale array and the biggest in the Middle East when completed.

    The project marks a major step for Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP), of which the goal is to increase the overall dependence on renewable energy and reduce the nation’s dependence on the oil industry.

    As owner’s engineer, WSP will be responsible for engineering and design activities and the management, co-ordination and administration of the wind farm, as well as the construction phase. WSP’s role on the project will continue until the completion of the entire plant and its facilities.

    The wind farm, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), consists of 99 wind turbine generators for a total installed capacity of 415 MW.

    Kimberley Dewhirst, onshore wind technology Lead at WSP, said: “With the bold targets set under Saudi’s Vision 2030 programme, WSP is pleased to support the country towards its 16 GW of wind capacity development goal.“

    The appointment builds on WSP’s previous experience of wind farm projects across the world and Middle East, including the 301 MW Tarfaya wind farm in Morocco.