The Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) may initiate the procurement of up to 200 MW of solar power capacity this or next year, subject to the introduction of a renewable energy policy in the Sultanate.

The state-owned utility wants to have the solar parks completed in 2019 at sites near Adam or Manah, it says in its 7-year statement for the period 2015-2021, as reported by the Oman Daily Observer on Tuesday.

OPWP is managing an initiative to explore the feasibility of a large-scale solar plant in Oman that was launched by the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). Based on the initial concept, the park will use both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies.

The company also notes that the 50-MW wind project developed by the the Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAECO) and Abu Dhabi-based Masdar in Dhofar Governorate is advancing as well. It is expected to be finalised by early 2017, OPWP said as cited by the newspaper.

Published with permission from the original article By Ivan Shumkov of SeeNews Renewables.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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