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Oman's 400MW Duqm plant set for go-ahead

Plans nearly ready and completion earmarked for 2018.

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Duqm plant expected to have 300-400MW capacity.
Duqm plant expected to have 300-400MW capacity.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has said that it expects to finalise plans for a potential Independent Power Project (IPP) at Duqm during 2014, with commercial operation targeted during 2018.

The installed capacity is expected to be in the range of 300 megawatt (MW) to 400 MW, but this will depend on a wider study of energy options for the Duqm area.

In a report outlining demand projections through to 2020, the state-run procurer said: “OPWP expects to complete the Duqm study in 2014, in order to support an expected procurement action that would lead to a Duqm IPP to begin operation around 2018.

“At this stage, OPWP expects that this plant would have capacity in the range of 300 MW to 400 MW, and without a transmission interconnection with the MIS [Main Interconnected System serving North Oman], though that could occur in the future depending upon demand development.

“This scale of plant capacity, in combination with the planned RAECO plants, would meet requirements under all three demand scenarios through 2020, and provide time to observe the pace of demand development towards planning further capacity additions,” it added.

OPWP is also evaluating the merits of tendering for a gas-fired IPP to meet growing power demand in the medium-term.

Strategic options under evaluation may include a transmission interconnection with the PDO network or with the MIS, and the level of generation capacity that may make such interconnection economically feasible.

The study will also explore the feasibility of incorporating outlying localities, such as towns along the eastern coast from Shuwaymiyah to Mahut and Haima, into the network to be supplied by the Duqm power generation plant.

Duqm is currently served by a 67 MW diesel-fired plant owned and operated by RAECO. This capacity is proposed to be augmented to around 147 MW by 2017, which is deemed sufficient to meet projected electricity demand in and around the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ) until 2019.

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