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Oman to open six power and water projects by 2020

The Sultanate is expected to deliver six water and electricity projects, including four desalination schemes, in 2019 and 2020

Six water and electricity projects will open in Oman by 2020. [Representational image]
Six water and electricity projects will open in Oman by 2020. [Representational image]

Six water and electricity projects, including four desalination schemes, are set to open in Oman by 2019 and 2020.

Developed by Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP), the projects include the Salalah Independent Water Plant (IWP), which will be located across the existing Salalah IWPP and have a capacity of 100,000 cubic metres (m3/d) per day. 

Al Sharqiyah IWPP at Al Ash’kharah, which has a capacity of 80,000 m3/d, the Al Duqm IWP with a capacity of 60,000 m3/d, and the Khasab IWP with a capacity of 16,000 m3/d, have also been planned for development. 

According to OPWP, renewable energy projects such as solar energy projects and wind farms are expected to complement gas-fired power plants in the country.

The company will also sign a deal for two gas-fired power plants in Ibti and Sohar Industrial Port with Mitsui & Co, ACWA Power, and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding, according to Arabian Business

It will purchase the full production of the two plants, which have an investment cost of $2.3bn (OMR885m), for the duration of 15 years.

OPWP will also sign a power purchase agreement with Rural Area Electricity Company (RAEC) for a wind-operated power plant in Dhofar, which will produce 50 megawatts per year.

It is expected to commence operations in 2017.

In addition, it will implement two independent water desalination projects in Salalah and southern Al Sharqiyah.

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