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Through its part­ner­ship with Na­tional Alu­minum Prod­ucts Com­pany (NAPCO), Oman’s largest alu­minum provider, GlassPoint So­lar con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate sus­tain­able in-coun­try value (ICV) within the Sul­tanate. Build­ing the Mi­raah so­lar plant with Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO), GlassPoint is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a so­lar hub in Oman and con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

“We are proud to be part­ner­ing with NAPCO in de­vel­op­ing our ‘Made in Oman’ so­lar sup­ply chain. Cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal com­pa­nies and con­trac­tors is part of our growth strat­egy within the Sul­tanate. To­gether with our part­ners, we are work­ing to es­tab­lish Oman as an in­dus­trial hub for re­new­able en­ergy,” said Steven Moss, GlassPoint’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer.

Since break­ing ground on Mi­raah, GlassPoint has been work­ing to qual­ify Omani sup­pli­ers for el­e­ments of the project, in­clud­ing the large curved struc­tures that sup­port the mir­rors. These struc­tures are built from alu­minum ex­tru­sions made with pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ing at NAPCO’s fa­cil­ity and as­sem­bled at the project site by lo­cal con­trac­tors. Once in­stalled, the mir­rors au­to­mat­i­cally track the sun through­out the day fo­cus­ing sun­light on steel pipes filled with wa­ter. The heat from the sun boils the wa­ter to pro­duce high pres­sure steam that is in­jected into the reser­voir to help ex­tract heavy oil.

Moss added, “GlassPoint no longer needs to im­port all the alu­minum ma­te­ri­als from Europe or Asia and is ac­tively work­ing with NAPCO to qual­ify them for ad­di­tional com­po­nents. We are in­creas­ingly look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to build na­tional ca­pac­i­ties and max­i­mize the project’s sup­ply and man­u­fac­tur­ing here in Oman. As we ex­pand in the re­gion, these Omani made ma­te­ri­als could be ex­ported for use in fu­ture projects”.

Ihab Mouallem, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at NAPCO said, “Col­lab­o­rat­ing with GlassPoint, we have ex­panded our op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide them with alu­minum ma­te­ri­als used through­out their so­lar ther­mal tech­nol­ogy. The part­ner­ship be­tween us has not only cre­ated jobs but has pos­i­tively im­pacted Oman when it comes to grow­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and ad­ding long-last­ing value to the coun­try.”

GlassPoint has met all its ICV com­mit­ments since break­ing ground on Mi­raah in 2015. The com­pany con­tin­ues to seek op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand beyond these tar­gets and de­liver sus­tained value to the Sul­tanate.

In ad­di­tion to us­ing lo­cal goods and ser­vices, GlassPoint is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the Omani work­force. To­day, over half of the com­pany’s lo­cal work­force con­sists of Omani pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing engi­neers and se­nior man­age­ment. GlassPoint’s team in Oman is de­vel­op­ing ex­per­tise in project de­ploy­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and so­lar tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion.

GlassPoint is com­mit­ted to driv­ing in­no­va­tion for Oman that ex­tends beyond its so­lar oil­field projects. The com­pany re­cently launched its first cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in­tia­tive, the GlassPoint In­no­va­tion Spur. The full-cy­cle in­cu­ba­tion pro­gram is de­signed to em­power Omani in­no­va­tors in de­vel­op­ing re­new­able en­ergy and sus­tain­able wa­ter man­age­ment so­lu­tions. Sup­ported by a host of lo­cal part­ners, the two-year pro­gram will equip par­tic­i­pants with valu­able skill sets through men­tor­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port, al­low­ing them to trans­form their in­no­va­tions into im­ple­mentable busi­nesses. The pro­gram is an­other sig­nif­i­cant at­tempt the com­pany has taken to con­trib­ute to­wards di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the na­tional econ­omy.

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