By Joanne Bladd
Minister says preparatory work underway on new 440MW plant, set to open in 2012.
Oman plans to spend more than $6bn by 2016 to boost its electricity generating capacity, including building a new plant and expanding two others, a government official has revealed.
In remarks carried by state news agency ONA, Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Mahrouki, the head of Oman's General Authority for Electricity and Water, said that industrial and economic growth in the oil-rich state had almost doubled electricity demand over the past decade to 3,808-megawatts.
Speaking on the sidelines of an energy summit, Al Mahrouki said preparatory work has begun on a 440-megawatt plant, scheduled to open in 2012, and the expansion of two other plants.
Demand is projected to climb to 4,600-megawatts by 2016, he added.
Another $1bn is earmarked for electrical grid expansion.