Oman Plans Big Solar Project

Oman’s state utility OPWP is planning the sultanate’s first utility-scale solar power project. The company has requested proposals by the end of November for technical and economic advisory services for the development of a solar independent power producer (IPP) project.

Although the advisory notice does not give any details of the planned IPP, OPWP has for some time been considering developing 200MW of solar capacity at two sites near the towns of Manah and Adam. These lie to the southwest of Muscat in Oman’s northeastern Dakhiliyah governorate.

Oman’s total generating capacity amounted to 7.96GW at the end of 2015. This is mainly gas-fired, with some small diesel plants operating in remote areas. However, Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas says that future gas supplies are limited. (CONTINUED - 293 WORDS)