Sohar 2 and Barka 3 start commercial operations
Two new IPPs add nearly 1,500MW of generating capacity for Oman
The operators of Oman’s Sohar 2 and Barka 3 Independent Power Plants (IPP) have announced that both facilities have achieved full commercial operation. Al Batinah Power Company, owner of Sohar 2, and Al Suwadi Power Company, owner of the Barka 3 plant, have said that the IPPs are now set to help meet summer demand peaks.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is set to be the sole off-taker of the power sold by both project firms, under two 15-year power purchase contracts,
Both power firms are owned by a consortium made up of GDF SUEZ (46%), part of Suhail Bahwan Group (22%), Sojitz Corporation (11%), Shikoku Power Co. (11%) and the Public Authority for Social Insurance (10%).
Both power sites are gas-fired, combined cycle gas turbine plants with an identical 744 MW output capacity. Together, they add nearly 1,500 MW to Oman’s current generating potential of around 4,500 MW. Construction on the plants was started in 2010, with a consortium of Siemens and GS Engineering & Construction as EPC contractors.
The sites will now by operated and maintained by Suez-Tractebel Operation and Maintenance Oman LLC.
GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East CEO and President, Shankar Krishnamoorthy, said: “For more than 15 years, GDF SUEZ has been a reliable supplier of power and water to the people of Oman, This has allowed us to build a strong relationship of trust and respect with the Sultanate. Our long term and rewarding partnerships are a cornerstone of this relationship and I want to take this opportunity to share my appreciation for our partners in Oman, and in Sohar 2 and Barka 3 in particular.”