Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is currently studying the feasibility of setting up a 50-megawatt (MW) wind power project, a senior official said.
Mohammed Al-Lawati, Renewable Energy Lead at PDO said on Monday that Belgium-headquartered Tractebel-Engie has been awarded a one year feasibility study contract to understand the potential wind resources for deploying a minimum 50 MW capacity wind project in Oman.
Mohammed said PDO is also working on a domestic solar installation project covering 580 villas with a capacity of 10KW per villa at its under construction residential township Ras Al Hamra. The solar project is currently at the engineering stage, he said, addressing a webinar organised by Australian Business Group Oman. PDO has already completed a pilot covering 10 villas, he said.
He added that a 1-MWp ground-mounted solar power project that will power 164 homes at Mina Alfahal is currently at the tendering stage.
In April, Oman Daily Observer had reported PDO intends to reposition itslef from a fossil fuels-based producer to a full-fledged energy company.
(Writing by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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