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Oman's Ministry of Information has announced that initial construction work is underway on Musandam's first gas-fired power plant. Early site works have now begun at the project which is being developed by Oman Oil Company and South Korea's LG.
The site is planned to generate around 120 MW of power when completed, and is being fast-tracked through development together with the Musandam Gas Plant it adjoins. Provisional permits for the site have already been obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, and the project has also been exempted from the usual competitive process required under power sector law. The plant is to be sited in Tibat in Wilayat Bukha.
The Ministry of Information reports that the latest developments at the site are largely a consequence of the need to ensure that completion is reached in tandem with the Musandam Gas Plant being developed by Oman Oil Company Exploration and Development (OOCEP). The relatively remote and isolated location of the region is also cited as a compelling reason to forego the usual competitive process.