Oman’s 2019 Power Start-Ups Are Last Gas Burners In Project Pipeline

The two CCGTs Oman is firing up this year are the last for which gas supply is guaranteed. From 2020 onward, OPWP is looking to new technologies despite an upstream gas renaissance.

Oman aims to bring two gas-fired power plants with combined generating capacity of 3.21GW online this year, but these are the last gas burners in the current capacity expansion plans of state utility OPWP as the development focus switches to alternative electricity sources.

The Shinas Generating Company (SGC) JV of Japan’s Mitsui (50.1%), Saudi firm Acwa Power (44.9%) and local investor DIDIC (5%) announced the start-up of the first of this year’s new plants – 1.71GW Sohar-3 combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant – on 1 June.

Sohar-3 was built in the Sohar Industrial Port Area 100km northwest of Muscat. SGC chief executive Abdullah al-Nofli says that the plant runs on gas but can operate on diesel as a back-up. (CONTINUED - 962 WORDS)

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table Oman's Power Project Pipeline
chart Increased Gas Output* Sees 34% Jump In Y-O-Y Lng Production (Gas Consumption, Bcm/Y)