By Andy Sambidge
Energy giant says it will provide turbines, services to project in southern Oman.
Energy giant GE said on Tuesday it has received contracts totalling nearly $300m to provide gas turbines and long-term services to help supply power and water in southern Oman.
The contracts for the Salalah Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) will support the Dhofar region, the company said in a statement.
The project, located in the Taqah area of Salalah, will have a capacity of 445 megawatts of electricity and 15 million imperial gallons per day of desalinated water to help meet the region's growing power and clean water needs, it added.
"Both the power and water demands in the Dhofar region have been increasing steadily over the past several years," said Bob Whitelaw, CEO of the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company.
"The Salalah IWPP is a critical part of the growth and investment plans for the Sultanate's continued social and economic development."
All of the electricity and water output from the plant will be sold under a 15-year power and water purchase agreement executed by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company and Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company.
Joseph Anis, GE Energy's President for the Middle East, said: "This project is another example of the worldwide trend we are seeing toward the integration of power and water production at a single site, especially in the Middle East where population and industrial growth rates exceed many other regions of the world."
GE is supplying five heavy-duty Frame 6FA gas turbines. It has also has signed a 15-year contractual service agreement for the project, which will include the supply of parts, repairs and field services, and will provide performance services for the gas turbine-generators and accessory equipment.