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Oman's Raeco targets renewable energy

Rural Areas Electricity Company plans four solar power pilot projects totalling 6.5MW.

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Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco) plans to develop four solar power pilot projects in different parts of Oman totalling 6.5MW.

The company will build 2MW projects in Ibri, Sharqiya and Mudhaibi and a 500 kW plant in the southern governate of Dhofar, the Times of Oman reports.

Presenting a paper on 'future of renewable energy in Oman' at the Oman Energy and Water Conference in Muscat on Wednesday, Khaleel al Mandhari, head of renewable energy at Raeco, said the move was aimed at reducing the amount of diesel it uses in its power plants.

Raeco operates 35 diesel-fired power plants and six desalination plants across Oman, including Dhofar, Musandam and Al Wusta regions.

A Maddhari said the 50MW wind project being developed in Dhofar region by Masdar of the UAE, is on track to generate power in the second quarter of 2017.

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