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Japan-led consortium wins contract for 100MW Oman solar plant

PDO has awarded the wide-ranging contract to a Japanese-Omani consortium led by Marubeni

Phase 1 of Miraah, a solar project jointly developed by PDO and Glass Point, opened last year.
Phase 1 of Miraah, a solar project jointly developed by PDO and Glass Point, opened last year.
PDO has awarded a  joint Japanese-Omani consortium for a new solar plant in Southern Oman [representational image].
PDO has awarded a joint Japanese-Omani consortium for a new solar plant in Southern Oman [representational image].

A Japanese-Omani consortium has won a contract from the sultanate's state-owned oil firm, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), for a 100-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power plant in the country's South.

Works on the project, which will provide power for PDO’s interior operations, include its design, procurement, construction, commissioning, financing, operation, and maintenance, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).

The Marubeni consortium, made up of Japan's Marubeni Corporation as the lead founder, Oman Gas Company, Bahwan Renewable Energy Company, and Modern Channels Services, won the bid.

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The plant, the first of its type in the sultanate, will be located at Amin, which lies in southern Oman in PDO’s concession area – approximately 210km northwest of the wilayat of Thumrait.

PDO said the project's power output will be structured within an independent power producer (IPP) model under the terms of a power purchase agreement spanning 23 years.

Speaking on the deal, Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO, said: “We look forward to working with the Marubeni Corporation and consortium partners to build our first IPP renewable energy project, another building block in support of Oman's outstanding potential in renewable energy.”

The move is the latest in a line of solar initiatives by PDO.

READ: PDO completes four blocks of 1GW Miraah solar plant in Oman

The group is installing thousands of solar panels in car parks at its Mina Al Fahal headquarters to power key offices and feed into the national grid during non-working hours.

The first phase of the Miraah solar plant, co-developed by PDO and Glass Point, was also completed in November last year, and is now delivering steam to the Amal West oilfield.

Upon full completion, the plant will deliver 1,021MW of peak thermal energy to generate 6,000 tonnes of steam per day, which will be used for heavy oil production.

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