A Masdar-led consortium has inaugurated the largest utility-scale commercial wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans.
The $331million Cibuk 1 facility has been built just 50km outside the Serbian capital of Belgrade, and comprises 57GE Renewable Energy’s 2.75-125 onshore wind turbines.
The farm will offset 370,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions when at its 158MW capacity.
An inauguration ceremony was attended by Aleksandar Vucic, president of the Republic of Serbia; Aleksandar Antic, Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy; and other high-level government officials from both Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, including Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Serbia; and Khaled Al Qubaisi, CEO of aerospace, renewables and ICT for Masdar’s parten company, Mubadala.
Dr Al Zeyoudi said: "Through its compelling business case, renewable energy has established itself as the new power generation technology of choice.
“With an investment of $309billion, 2018 saw the addition of 171GW to the global renewable energy generation capacity.
“The rise in the uptake of renewables is driven by its increasing cost efficiency as well as growing calls for sustainability around the world.
“We are proud to share that the UAE’s renewable energy projects that are operational and underway have a combined capacity of 11.4GW, including 8.4GW within the country and 3GW abroad."
Cibuk 1 was awarded Deal of the Year at the Central Eastern Legal Awards 2018 and won the 2019 European Onshore Wind Energy Deal of the Year at the IJGlobal European Awards, and supports Serbia’s pledge to produce 27% of its domestic power needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.
Cibuk 1 is Masdar’s fifth wind farm in Europe after the 630MW London Array, the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in England, and Hywind Scotland, a 30MW floating wind power development situated near the coast of Aberdeenshire.
Masdar is also a partner in the 72MW Krnovo wind energy project in Montenegro.