Oman's PDO studying the feasibility of a 50 megawatt wind plant

PDO is also implementing several residential solar power installations

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Employees control the lifting of the rotor hub of an E-70 wind turbine manufactured by German company Enercon for La Compagnie du Vent (GDF SUEZ Group) during its installation at a wind farm in Meneslies, Picardie region, July 31, 2014. France announced in July a package of tax breaks and low-cost loans to improve insulation in buildings and boost investment in renewable energy, which is supposed to provide 40 percent of the country's electricity by 2030. Picture taken July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Image used for illustrative purpose. Employees control the lifting of the rotor hub of an E-70 wind turbine manufactured by German company Enercon for La Compagnie du Vent (GDF SUEZ Group) during its installation at a wind farm in Meneslies, Picardie region, July 31, 2014. France announced in July a package of tax breaks and low-cost loans to improve insulation in buildings and boost investment in renewable energy, which is supposed to provide 40 percent of the country's electricity by 2030. Picture taken July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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