On an area of ​​13 million square meters.. The inauguration of the largest project to produce clean electricity in the Sultanate of Oman

Muscat The Sultanate of Oman inaugurated the largest clean electric power plant in the country, with an investment cost of 155 million Omani riyals ($403 million) and a capacity of 500 megawatts.

The station, which bears the name “Ibri”, was built on an area of ​​13 million square meters, and uses about 1.5 million double-sided solar panels, and more than 7,000 kilometers of cables, as well as 1,812 robots to clean these panels.

The project represents a partnership between the public and private sectors. The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company contracted with a Gulf investment group led by ACWA Power, with the participation of the Gulf Investment Corporation and the Alternative Energy Projects Company, to construct, own and operate this plant.

The plant will produce renewable energy over a period of 15 years for the benefit of the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, and the project is the first in the renewable energy program of the Sultanate of Oman according to the concept of an independent producer.

The Sultanate of Oman has intensified energy projects in the country, amid a greater trend towards renewable energy sources, with the aim of diversifying the sources of electricity supply and contributing to reducing carbon emissions.

The investment cost of the project amounted to 155 million Omani riyals (Omani press)

great contribution

The CEO of the Oman Energy and Water Procurement Company, Yaqoub bin Saif Al Kiyumi, said that the Ibri solar power plant project contributed about 3% of the energy produced in the main electricity network in the first months of the trial operation.

According to Al-Kiyumi, the plant provides large quantities of gas, and will reduce annual carbon emissions by about 340,000 tons, as well as switch to renewable energy and skip the planning stage to having projects on the ground.

The CEO of the Oman Energy and Water Procurement Company explained that the project is in the interest of the national priorities set by Oman 2040’s vision, in preserving the environment, exploiting natural resources, and engaging the private sector. The success of the project will be a turning point for launching other similar projects in the field of renewable energy.

He added that the company is currently developing two plants to produce electricity using solar energy in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, with a total capacity of one thousand megawatts, as well as wind energy projects in the governorates of South Al Sharqiah and Al Wusta.

Al Kiyumi revealed that the project is the first solar power plant to be connected to the main electricity grid, supply about 50,000 homes with electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions annually. The project embodies another example of the Sultanate’s ability to attract foreign direct investment.

record time

For his part, Muhammad Abu Nayan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ACWA Power (the project’s executing agency), said that the Ibri solar project was implemented in 13 months and in record time despite the Corona pandemic, and it is a very large project, pointing out that the project was implemented by Omani hands and cadres. .

Abu Nyan added that the project was implemented with great environmental and health and safety measurements, and was implemented over 5 million hours without work injuries. At the peak of its production capacity, the project will be able to generate enough energy for nearly 50,000 homes to supply them with electricity.

Abu Nayan confirmed that the Saudi company (ACWA Power) has been working in the Sultanate since 2011, and that this project is the eighth for it in the Sultanate of energy projects, and that its total investments in Oman so far are about $2.6 billion.

Oman seeks to boost the contributions of renewable energy to 11% of electricity production by 2023, and raise the percentage to 30% by 2030.

Source : The island + Omani press + Websites

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