May 4 (Renewables Now) - Oman is working on a plan to install six wind and solar parks with a combined capacity of 2.65 GW by 2024, according to Brian Wood, planning and economics director of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
Speaking at the Oman Energy & Water Conference and Exhibition in Muscat, Wood said, as cited by the Oman Observer, that the plan includes three photovoltaic (PV) parks of 500 MW each, to be commissioned within the 2022-2024 period. The independent power projects (IPPs) will be located in Ibri, Manah and Adam.
Apart from the solar projects, the plan also calls for the implementation of three wind IPPs between 2018 and 2024. Those are the 150-MW Dhofar II wind farm, slated for commissioning in 2023, and two parks of 200 MW each with, expected to be installed in Dhofar and Duqm.
Plans for the projects will be published in OPWP’s 7-Year Outlook Statement 2018-2024.
The Sultanate aims to reach a 10% renewable energy share by 2025. In line with the country’s renewable energy programme, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAECO) will build a 50-MW wind park in Dhofar, while OPWP has already started a competitive selection of a 500-MW solar project in Ibri.