Oman edges closer to North-South interconnection grid
The project will enable the parties to trade electricity in an efficient and economic manner, improve future planning of electricity and reduce the required reserve for the electrical network of each party
Oman is making steps towards plans for building the North-South interconnection grid which aims at reducing generation investments and optimal use of natural gas.
Oman’s Nama group has held its last meeting with stakeholders to present the final results of a study to explore the possibility of interconnecting power grids between the North and South areas of the Sultanate.
Study proposals for the grid interconnection project have also been presented.
Stakeholders discussed the benefits of the interconnection project, which is expected to support Oman in achieving its short and long term strategic and economic objectives.
The grid will link the Main Interconnected System (MIS) of Nama Group in the north with the Duqm industrial area and the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) network in the central region of the sultanate, as well as Nama Group network in Dhofar.
Nama Group and PDO had signed a memorandum of understanding in April 2016 to study connecting the electricity networks between north and south of Oman with high voltage lines of 400kv.
The study has now concluded that the economic and strategic feasibility of the implementation of the project will be directly reflected in raising the efficiency of electricity system in Oman in general and benefiting all parties involved in particular at an estimated cost of RO500mn.
All the parties will sign an agreement to start the necessary procedures for the project, which is expected to be completed within five years from day one of implementation.
“We are proud of such integrated initiatives that will contribute to the advancement of economic development, and industrial zone in Duqm will be one of the largest beneficiaries. It will help to secure electricity in a safe and efficient manner and reassure investors of the strength, reliability and efficiency of the energy system in Oman,” said Yahya al Jabri, chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD).
The project will enable the parties to trade electricity in an efficient and economic manner, improve future planning of electricity, reduce the required reserve for the electrical network of each party and reduce the fuel needed for electricity generation.