Oman Eyes Coal Power

State utility Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued a request for qualification for a 1.2GW coal-fired power plant, to be built at Duqm around 530km south of Muscat on Oman’s Arabian Sea coast.

The plant will provide Oman’s first coal-fired power generation “in line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources,” according to OPWP. Like Oman’s other almost entirely gas-fired plants, it will be developed as an independent power producer (IPP) project. The submission deadline for qualification documents is 7 June.

The new plant will support Muscat’s ambitious plans for industrial development at Duqm, with a central project being a 230,000 b/d export refinery, being built by Oman’s state upstream firm OOC and Kuwait’s overseas refining company KPI to supply the booming Asian fuels market. The refinery is expected to cost $7bn and to come online in 2023-24 ( MEES, 23 February ).


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