Published On:October 15 2011
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Oman government plans 300 MW power project in Salalah

Oman government plans 300 MW power project in Salalah Oman government is planning to build 300 MW independent power project in Salalah to meet the growing demand in the southern region.

Mr Bob Whitelaw CEO of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company said that the gas fired power project will be awarded for development in the Q1 of 2013 and will go on stream in the Q1 of 2015. OPWP while making a presentation on power and water projects at the Oman Investment Forum organised by MEED.

Salalah IPP is among several independent power and water projects planned for enhancing the country's power generation capacity to meet the growing demand driven by industries and population growth.

Mr Whitelaw said that there are 2 options before the government. If it is going to be an island project, the capacity may be in the region of 100 MW to 200 MW and if it is going to be connected to the Main Interconnected System, the size could go up to 500 MW to 1,000 MW. A decision will be taken by the beginning of next year. The Duqm power project may be awarded in the Q2 of 2013 with the completion anticipated in the Q1 of 2015.

Prequalification for the Al Ghubra independent water project which will have a capacity of 42 million imperial gallons per day is under way. The government plans to award the contract in May 2012 with the completion seen in April 2014.

Mr Whitelaw said that another independent water project is planned in Quriyat with a desalination capacity of 40 MIGD. The project is due for award in the Q1 of 2014 with the completion expected in the Q1 of 2016.

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