OPWP announces tender for temporary power
Sources say move is aimed at meeting peak summer demand
The Times of Oman has reported that Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has opened a tender for temporary power generation this year. The scheme is intended to utilise diesel-fired generators to help meet peak summer demand on Oman’s Main Interconnected System (MIS).
The report says that anticipated output shortage – of around 100 MW – may be a result of delayed commissioning of the Barka III and Sohar II power projects.
Peak summer demand on the MIS increases by about 13%; whilst OPWP predicts that demand will peak at 7,271 MW in 2018 as a result of continued population growth and industrial demand.
Recent news from Oman has largely focused on work on its water infrastructure, with Sumitomo Corp announcing back in November that It had won a major contract to work on a brand new IWP at Al Ghubrah. Operations at the site, which will have a capacity of 190,000 cubic metres per day, will start in September of next year.