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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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