Table of Contents
Journal of Wind Energy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 735693, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/735693
Research Article

Power Generation Expansion Planning Including Large Scale Wind Integration: A Case Study of Oman

1College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, 123 Al-Khod, Oman
2Mechanical Engieering, Technical University Hamburg, Harburg, Germany

Received 25 April 2013; Accepted 28 June 2013

Academic Editor: Janaka Ekanayake

Copyright © 2013 Arif S. Malik and Cornelius Kuba. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Many options can be effectively used to meet the future power needs of a country in ways which would be more economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially just. A least-cost generation expansion planning study is conducted to find the economic feasibility of large scale integration of wind farms in the main interconnected transmission system of Oman. The generation expansion planning software used is WASP which is restricted in its ability to model intermittent nature of wind. Therefore, a wind turbine is modeled as a thermal plant with high forced outage rate related to its capacity factor. The result of the study has shown that wind turbines are economically viable option in the overall least-cost generation expansion plan for the Main Interconnected System of Oman.