Two plants boost Oman’s capacity by 1,500MW
Muscat, April 14, 2013
Two independent power plants (IPPs) in Oman, which recently achieved full commercial production, will add nearly 1,500 MW of power to the Sultanate’s current existing capacity of about 4,500 MW.
Sohar 2 and Barka 3 are coastal, gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants with a capacity of 744 MW each. Al Batinah Power Company is the owner of the Sohar 2 plant and Al Suwadi Power Company is the owner of the Barka 3 plant.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is the single off-taker of the power sold by both project companies under two, separate 15-year power purchase contracts.
Both the Al Batinah and Al Suwadi Power Companies are owned by a consortium comprised of GDF Suez (46 per cent), Multitech, part of Suhail Bahwan Group (22 per cent), Sojitz Corporation, a general trading company and Shikoku Electric Power, an electric utility in Japan (11 per cent each) and the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI) (10 per cent) of Oman.
The projects are structured as a Build-Own-Operate scheme. Construction started in September 2010 with a consortium of Siemens AG (Germany) and GS Engineering & Construction (Korea) as EPC Contractors. Siemens also supplied the majority of the power island equipment, including the gas and steam turbines and generators.
Sohar 2 and Barka 3 will be operated and maintained by Suez-Tractebel Operation and Maintenance Oman LLC (STOMO).
Shankar Krishnamoorthy, CEO and president of GDF Suez Energy Middle East, Turkey & Africa said: “For more than 15 years, GDF Suez has been a reliable supplier of power and water to the people of Oman. This has allowed us to build a strong relationship of trust and respect with the Sultanate.
“Our long term and rewarding partnerships are a cornerstone of this relationship and I want to take this opportunity to share my appreciation for our partners in Oman, and in Sohar 2 and Barka 3 in particular.”
A spokesperson of the management of Suhail Bahwan Group said: “Oman’s power requirement is rising rapidly and the timely achievement of commercial operation will go a long way in meeting this growing demand.”
Shoji Tokunaga, corporate officer and senior general manager of Shikoku Electric Power, said: “This achievement was a result of the dedicated support and cooperation of OPWP and all our partners. We look forward to our ongoing contribution, in alliance with our partners, to the continued development of Oman by ensuring a stable power supply, utilizing our expertise developed in Japan over 60 years.” – TradeArabia News Service