Oman forms task force to support wind development - report

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May 24 (Renewables Now) - State-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) and the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) have formed a joint task force to foster the development of wind power projects in the country.

The task force creation was announced in OPWP's 2017-2023 outlook statement on Sunday, Oman Daily Observer reported.

Oman's first wind farm, a 50-MW joint project in Dhofar of the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) and Masdar of the UAE, is still in a development phase, the paper said.

According to the document cited, in view of uncertain availability of domestic gas for future power stations, OPWP is developing plans this year for a faster transition to electricity supply from solar, wind and coal.

It has also been reported that OPWP plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RfP) in the fourth quarter of 2017 for at least 200 MW of solar capacity under the independent power producer (IPP) model.

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