Sultanate of Oman launches new projects in solar and wind energy

The Sultanate of Oman is preparing to launch several renewable energy projects, in order to help meet the growth in demand for electricity over the next 6 years.

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company issued the 7-year statement, which covers forecasts in the 2021-2027 time frame.

The company revealed the need for a fourth solar photovoltaic project, as well as the purchase of at least 3 wind energy-based projects during this period.

It also plans to purchase about 2,200 megawatts of independent electricity production projects based on renewable energy in the main grid by 2027, according to the “Oman Observer” platform.

Solar energy in the Sultanate of Oman

The interim plans – developed by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company – indicated that there is a need for a fourth solar photovoltaic project on the basis of independent electricity production, to support the increasing electricity requirements within the main interconnected system, i.e. the grid covering most of the northern half of the Sultanate of Oman.

The site of the fourth solar energy project, with a capacity of about 500 megawatts, is currently under review, after the completion of the site assessment study in December 2019.

It is planned to issue the qualification application in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the project will be scheduled for the second quarter of 2025, the company said.

The new project – dubbed “MIS Solar 2025” – is proposed in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. Candidate sites include a predetermined site in Adam State, and a number of sites elsewhere.

Ibri solar power plant in Oman
Ibri solar power plant in Oman

Other solar projects

The country’s first grid-connected solar power project – “Ibri 2” on the basis of independent electricity production – began operating in Al Dhahirah Governorate, with a capacity of about 500 megawatts, late last year.

Two other solar projects – Grants 1 and Grants 2 for solar energy on the basis of IPP – are scheduled to be implemented in Manah, as well as in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate.

Qualification for a competitive tender covering the two 500 MW solar power plants was launched in grants just before the coronavirus pandemic, and the procurement process is expected to be revived later this year.

The company also envisions the possibility of launching a fifth utility-scale solar photovoltaic project, which is tentatively scheduled to be launched commercially in 2027, in the Al Wusta Governorate, with a capacity of about 600 megawatts.

In addition, the construction of the first CSP project with thermal storage is proposed near Duqm, according to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, which confirmed that a feasibility study is underway in this regard.

Wind energy in the Sultanate of Oman

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company plans to construct a wind farm with a capacity of about 100 megawatts in the Wilayat of Jalan Bani Bu Ali in the South Sharqiyah Governorate, within the main interconnected system.

In Duqm, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company plans to purchase at least two wind energy projects with capacities ranging from 160-200 MW.

The company said that the “Duqm Wind 2025” project is proposed to be located in a location within the Duqm Economic Zone.

It noted that “the installed capacity is nominally estimated at about 200 MW, but will be confirmed after evaluation of measured wind data and wind farm planning optimization analyses.”

The Duqm 2 Wind 2027 project, another utility-scale wind power project, is proposed to be developed at a site approximately 60 kilometers from Duqm city with a capacity of at least 160 MW.

In the Governorate of Dhofar, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company aims to develop a wind power farm with a capacity of about 100 megawatts “Dhofar 2”, next to the country’s first wind energy project “Dhofar 1” in Harweel.

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