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Oman moves to embrace waste-to-energy

The waste-to-energy project is expected to strengthen Oman’s plans to diversify its electric power generation sources

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The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has floated a tender seeking a consultant to undertake a techno-economic feasibility study for building the country’s first waste-to-energy project.

The capacity and the capital expenditure of the project, which will be built in coordination with Oman Environmental Services Holding Co (Be’ah), will be determined later.

If the project becomes feasible, the winning consultant will also act as a technical advisor for preparing the tender document for selecting an independent producer through a competitive bidding process, according to a tender announcement.

It appears that Be’ah will provide municipal solid waste from landfills as feedstock for the waste-to-energy scheme.

The waste-to-energy project is expected to strengthen Oman’s plans to diversify sources of electricity, away from merely gas-fired power plants.

OPWP plans to implement several solar and wind-based renewable energy projects in a move to generate 10% (2,500-3,000 megawatt) of power from renewable sources by 2025.

As part of the move, OPWP last month floated a tender to develop a large scale independent solar project with a capacity of 500 megawatt (MW).

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