Oman body explores Duqm's power prospects to 2023
Power plant expansions, rental diesel generators, plan construction, and power purchase options are being reviewed as Phase 1 of SEZAD expects 650MW demand by 2025
Development works by Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD) are expected to increase utility construction and generator rental activity in the port town of Duqm.
The first phase of SEZAD's master plan anticipates electricity demand will reach 650 megawatts (MW) by 2025.
In its Seven-Year Outlook Statement for the period between 2017 and 2023, Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) added that demand for electricity would consequently increase in Duqm.
Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) currently serves Duqm and its surrounding areas through a 66MW diesel-fired power plant, which it owns and operates.
In consultation with Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER), RAECO has identified "potential avenues to secure electricity supply" to meet Duqm's demand under various forecast scenarios.
"These options include the expansion of the existing power plant, procurement of rental diesel generators, construction of a new fuel oil- or gas-fired power plant, power purchase from Marafiq, and power purchase from OPWP," the report added.
A joint venture between Takamul Investment Company and Semcorp Utilities, Marafiq is currently developing a 300 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant to serve the projects belonging to Oman Oil Company within SEZAD.
Marafiq's projects are not included in OPWP's forecasts.
Meanwhile, the option to purchase power from OPWP would be subject to the completion of the proposed North-South Interconnect project, which would also provide a link with the Ad Duqm demand area through Haima.
The proposed development, which includes a 400kV transmission link to Oman's Main Interconnected System (MIS) and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), is expected to be completed by 2021.
OPWP, PDO, and Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) are assessing the project which, upon operation, could meet a part of Duqm's power requirements.