On October 29 Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) announced it had contracted Omani-Japanese joint venture Marubeni Consortium to develop a 100-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant.
The facility, to be developed under the independent power producer (IPP) model, will generate power for PDO’s own use and will be located in the Amin region of southern Oman, where the company has operational concessions.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Marubeni Consortium – comprising Japanese multinational Marubeni and the Oman Gas Company – will undertake the design, procurement, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and maintenance of the plant, with PDO contracted to be the sole buyer for 23 years.
The announcement follows the launch of the first stage of another of PDO’s renewables plants in February, a 1000-MW solar facility at Amal in the country’s south.
This project combines both renewable and non-renewable energy sources, using solar power to create steam, which in turn is used to extract oil from nearby deposits. The use of steam injection is expected to extend the life of the field, which has been in operation since 1984, with the enhanced oil recovery technology allowing for the extraction of deposits too difficult or too costly to access though conventional means.
Wind and solar key to meeting renewables targets
The PDO developments come amid further nationwide plans to expand renewables’ contribution to the energy mix.
In May the state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) unveiled plans to develop six new projects – three solar and three wind – by 2024, with a combined capacity of 2650 MW. All six are to be IPPs: the three PV parks will be located at Ibri, Manah and Adam, two of the wind facilities at Dhofar and one at Duqm.