Oman plans 300MW Salalah IPP
Power project will help mitigate effects of increased demand for power
Oman’s government is planning a 300MW IPP in Salalah, planned to go online in 2015 in an effort to keep ahead of increasing demand for power.
The gas-fired project will be awarded in the first quarter of 2013, according to Bob Whitelaw, CEO of the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company. It will be one of several IPPs currently in the planning stages for Oman; in Salalah, average demand for power is expected to reach more than 700 megawatts by 2017, up from 359 megawatts in 2010.
The Sultanate is also planning a new gas-fired project in Duqm, for which there are two options; a 100 to 200 megawatt island project, or a 500 to 1,000 megawatt plant which will be connected to the main interconnection system. According to Whitelaw, a decision will be taken early in 2012.