Oman to appoint consultant for major grid interconnection project in 2019

Preparatory works planned in 2019 for second utility-scale solar project and a large scale wind project

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05 May 2019
Oman will appoint a consultant and prepare the engineering, procurement construction (EPC) tender for the North-South interconnector grid project in 2019, the Implementation Support and Follow Up Unit (ISFU) unit, which oversees the implementation of Oman's economic diversification strategy, said in its 2018 progress update report.

The report, released last week, said the project would integrate Oman's four main systems, namely the Main Interconnected System (MIS), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) and Dhofar Power Company (DPS). It said the first phase of the project would connect the MIS with Duqm and have an interconnection with PDO.

In July 2018, local newspaper Oman Daily Observer had reported that the 400KV interconnection would extend 900 kilometres and be implemented in phases over five years at an estimated cost of $300 million. It said the project would connect all operational power plants and enable new solar and wind projects to be connected to the integrated system.

The report said Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will start work on Oman's second utility-scale solar power project in 2019.

"In 2019, OPWP will be working on the submission of a statement of qualification as part of the bidding preparation stage that will take place in 2020", the report said.

In March, Oman Daily Observer had reported that the second project would be located in Manah, and is expected to become operational by June 2022. It said the plant would have a capacity of 500-1000 megawatts (MW) and would cost around $700-$800 million.

Last week, Thomson Reuters Projects had reported that OPWP had sealed project agreements with the winning consortium for Oman's first utility-scale solar IPP.

Oman will also award and complete a wind resource assessment study for a large-scale wind project in 2019, the ISFU report said. It said seven sites have been secured and applications for securing environmental permits are ongoing.

"The areas secured for the project cover large areas of land and, in some cases, they overlap with the business operations of SEZAD as well as oil and gas activities related to the Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG). ISFU is currently working with those stakeholders to reach a mutual agreement", it said. The 200 MW capacity wind plant is slated to start operations in 2023, the report added.

(Writing by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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