Oman switch to gas for Duqm IPP
Construction on 1,000MW plant to begin no earlier than 2013.
The Omani government are planning to construct a 1,000MW gas-fired independent power plant (IPP) in Duqm, having scrapped earlier plans to use coal as a feedstock, a government offical told the Times of Oman.
The driving factor behind this decision were environmental concerns, said Dr Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al Hinai, undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Economy.
The plant will be part of the upcoming five year plan, which will commence next year, he said.
"The power project work is expected to start after two years from now. It has been decided to build the project during the next five-year plan."
Environmental concerns could be catered for, as Oman now has adequate access to gas, said Malik.
"Now, we have enough natural gas for power projects."
Oman needs to address surging demand for power by increasing generation capacity. According to the state owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), demand for electricity is expected to grow by 8.5 percent or 374 MW per annum for another five to six years to reach 6,043MW by 2016.