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Govt nod awaited for Oman’s clean coal power project

MUSCAT, January 2, 2019

Oman’s first-ever clean coal-based Independent Power Project at Duqm is awaiting the final clearance from the government before the procurement process can progress, a media report quoted a top official as saying.

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP), part of Nama Group, is overseeing the procurement process linked to the development of a proposed 1,200 MW plant based on clean coal technologies at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Duqm, reported Oman Observer.

A prequalification process initiated last May elicited responses from a number of international developers signalling their interest in participating in the competitive tender for an award to build the landmark project.

“The procurement process is still going on and we are ready to issue our Request for Proposals (RfP) for the coal project,” said Brian Wood, Planning & Economics director —OPWP. “But we are waiting for final government approval for the project,” Wood told the Observer.

“This plant will meet the most current international standards for environmental quality and emissions control,” said OPWP in its 7-year Outlook Statement covering the 2018 -2024 timeframe. “It is expected to reduce gas needs of the electricity sector by 4-5 million standard cu m per day, enabling the Ministry of Oil and Gas to supply new industrial projects.”

According to the state-run power procurer, the proposed Duqm Clean Coal IPP is expected to provide 600 MW of capacity by 2024, rising to 1,200 MW at full power in 2025, subject to “timely approvals”.

“The plant will provide essential power supply to the developing Duqm industrial hub, and export surplus capacity to the Main Interconnected System (MIS). In 2024, considering expected Duqm demand of about 110 MW, the contribution to MIS demand may be about 490 MW. This estimate of exports to the MIS may be revised depending on the pace of Duqm demand growth,” it said.




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