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Oman’s Ibri power project set for April 2018 opening

A consortium led by Mitsui & Co. has achieved substantial progress in building two new major natural gas-fired power projects, Sohar 3 and Ibri, both in northern Oman

Pan shot of a power plant-image for illustrative purpose only.
Pan shot of a power plant-image for illustrative purpose only.

A consortium led by Mitsui & Co. has achieved substantial progress in building two new major natural gas-fired power projects, Sohar 3 and Ibri, both in northern Oman, which will have a total combined capacity of 3,219MW.

After completing the civil work at both project sites, the turnkey EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contractor, Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III (SEPCO III), hoisted two gas turbines in Ibri last month, according to a report in Times of Oman.

The Ibri Independent Power Project (IPP) will deliver early power of 940MW from April 2018, with the full 1,509MW generation expected from April 2019, according to a seven-year outlook report released by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Likewise, Sohar 3 is scheduled to deliver full capacity of 1,710MW from January 2019. The cooling tower work is also progressing at the Sohar project, said SEPCO III last month.

The Mitsui-led consortium has tight deadlines to complete these two projects as OPWP is trying to generate power within two years.

The IPP was initiated last year to meet the forecasted demand for electricity in the main interconnected system for 2021 and expected to add 800 MW of new generation capacity.

Last year, OPWP had awarded the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) contract of Sohar 3 and Ibri power plants to the consortium comprising Mitsui, Saudi’s ACWA Power International, and Oman’s Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Company (DIDIC).

SEPCO III, the EPC contractor, had awarded contracts worth around $670m to Italian power engineering company Ansaldo Energia for four GT26 class gas turbines, four heat recovery steam generators, two steam turbines, and six turbo generators for both the plants, according to media reports.

Mitsui will operate both plants and sell electric power under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with OPWP. Once commercial operations start, these plants will be supplying approximately 30% of the power consumption in Muscat.

 

 

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