Aug 3 (Renewables Now) - The Sultanate of Oman is reviewing options for the interconnection of its northern and southern power networks so as to improve power security and access to regions with more renewables, the Times of Oman said on Monday.
At present, Oman has two main electricity networks -- the Main Interconnected System (MIS) between the cities of Nizwa and Duqm, and the Dhofar power system. Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has its own power grid, while governorates in the country also operate smaller networks.
The daily cited a report by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), according to which the potential 400-kV interconnection between the MIS, PDO and Dhofar grids is seen to help the Sultanate save fuel by enhancing the coordination between power systems, contribute to increased grid security, and provide better access to areas with renewable energy potential. According to the document, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) and PDO are working under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assess costs and benefits of the proposed interconnection.
Meanwhile OPWP is conducting a technical and economic study of the proposal and will make a recommendation to the government for the best route and timing of the project. The earliest possible launch of the interconnect is seen to be 2021.