OPWP considering new 300MW IPP site
Reports say locations are being considered for new power site in Duqm
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is reportedly undertaking a study of potential locations for a new independent power plant (IPP) project in Duqm, with a projected capacity of between 200-300 MW, according to the Times of Oman.
The report says that the country is also set to make initial tenders for the construction of IPP schemes with a combined output capacity of 2000-2500MW by 2014. Oman is currently seeing demand growth of around 9.5% per year, and is trying to rapidly scale up power generation capacity and grid interconnections to ensure consistent supplies.
The new projects are expected to be commissioned by 2017-18, and will be connected to the country’s main interconnected system.
The country’s Sur IPP is expected to add a hefty 2,000 MW of capacity by 2014, with first power to the grid reaching 433MW sometime this year.
Other tenders mentioned during the Oman Power and Water Summit included an IWP with a 180,000 square metres per day output, and an independent water project with a 40,000 square metres daily output capacity.