Ops begin at Oman's $1bn Saudi, Japan-backed Sohar power plant

Japan's Mitsui, Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power, and Oman's Didic have invested in the Sohar Power Phase 3 plant

Operations have started on Oman's Sohar 3.
Operations have started on Oman's Sohar 3.

Oman-based Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has started operations on the 1,710-megawatt Sohar Power Phase 3 (Sohar 3) power plant – located within Sohar Industrial Port – in which a consortium of Japan’s Mitsui, Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power, and Oman’s Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding (Didic) has invested $1bn (OMR384m).

Combined cycle power generation technology has been deployed for Sohar 3, which can operate on diesel in the absence of natural gas, the latter being its primary fuel.

Chief executive officer of SGC, Eng Abdullah bin Ali al-Nofli, said the company had inked power-purchase agreement (PPA) with state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) for the plant.

Under the PPA, OPWP will purchase all power produced by the plant for a 15-year period, starting from Sohar 3's date of commercial operation.

According to state-held news agency, ONA, Sohar 3 is connected to a newly built 400kV electricity transmission network and a main interconnected system.

The 400kV electricity transmission network was built by Oman Electricity and Transmission Company (OETC), and links the plant to an existing grid in North Al Batinah.

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