By Staff writer
Sultanate ramps capacity to cope with increased demand
Six water and electricity projects, including four desalination schemes, are set to open in Oman by 2019 and 2020.
The projects, headed by Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) Company, include the Salalah Independent Water Plant (IWP), located opposite the existing Salalah IWPP, which will have a capacity of 100,000 cubic metres per day (m3/d), the Al Sharqiyah IWP at Al Ash’kharah, which has a capacity of 80,000 m3/d, the Al Duqm IWP with a capacity of 60,000 m3/d, and the Khasab IWP with a capacity of 16,000 m3/d.
According to OPWP, renewable energy projects such as solar energy projects and wind farms are expected to complement gas-fired power plants in the country.
The company is set to sign a deal for two gas-fired power plants in Ibti and Sohar Industrial Port with Mitsui & Co, ACWA Power and Dhofar International for Development and Investment Holding.
It will purchase the full production of the two plants, which have an investment cost of $2.3 billion (RO885 million), for the duration of 15 years.
OPWP will also sign a power purchase agreement with Rural Area Electricity Company (RAEC) for a wind-operated power plant in Dhofar, which will produce 50 megawatts per year. It is expected to start operations in 2017.
In addition, it will implement two independent water desalination projects in Salalah and southern Al Sharqiyah.For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.