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In line with Oman’s vi­sion to di­ver­sify fuel sources through the use of clean en­ergy for power gen­er­a­tion, Oman Power and Wa­ter Pro­cure­ment Com­pany SAOC (OPWP), a mem­ber of Nama Group, an­nounced the launch of the first large util­ity scale so­lar PV in­de­pen­dent power project (IPP) in Oman.

His Ex­cel­lency Mo­hammed Al Mahrouqi, chair­man of Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter (Diam) said that the gov­ern­ment is mov­ing for­ward on di­ver­si­fy­ing its en­ergy re­sources in or­der to drive sus­tain­abil­ity at the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal fronts. The de­vel­op­ment of the first large util­ity scale so­lar PV IPP will fol­low the suc­cess­ful IPP struc­ture es­tab­lished in Oman, us­ing a trans­par­ent com­pe­ti­tion process to award the con­tract to a highly qual­i­fied pri­vate sec­tor project com­pany de­liv­er­ing a world class tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion.

The es­ti­mated project cost is ap­prox­i­mately 500 Mil­lion US Dol­lars that will be built, owned and op­er­ated by the pri­vate sec­tor and the scope of the project in­cludes fi­nanc­ing, pro­cure­ment, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of a new power plant, with gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of 500 MW, to be lo­cated at Ibri which is around 300 km west from Mus­cat. The plant out­put will be suf­fi­cient to sup­ply an es­ti­mated 33,000 homes with elec­tric­ity and off­set 340,000 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions a year. It is planned that the award of the project will be in the se­cond half of Q4 2018 and

the project is to be com­mer­cially op­er­a­tional by early 2021.

Ham­dan Ali Al Hi­nai, chair­man of OPWP stated that “this project will be the first in the chain of re­new­ables projects that the com­pany is plan­ning to de­velop in the com­ing few years to sup­port the sus­tain­abil­ity ap­proach of the coun­try”.

Ad­di­tion­ally, and as the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter (Diam) com­pleted a wind At­las for the Sul­tanate, OPWP will pick on that to carry out a de­tailed Wind Re­sources As­sess­ment (WRA). This will be car­ried out for the short­listed sites in the WRA. This will pave the way to de­velop full wind projects in those lo­ca­tions. Also OPWP in co­or­di­na­tion with the Au­thor­ity for Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tion and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice Hold­ing Com­pany (Beah), in­tends to com­mence prepara­tory work to as­sess the pos­si­bil­ity of procur­ing waste to en­ergy projects.

It is in­tended to build on the con­sid­er­able work un­der­taken by Beah with re­gards to waste to en­ergy and es­tab­lish the frame­work, in­clud­ing the project def­i­ni­tion and com­pe­ti­tion process, to fa­cil­i­tate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of such project in the fu­ture.

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