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OETC, PDO sign deal for 400kV connection line

27 Feb 2021

In its efforts aimed at integrating electricity networks in the sultanate, Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) has signed an agreement with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to operate 400kV interconnection line.

This initiative comes in parallel with the development and economic objectives which OETC is seeking to achieve to complement its efforts, OETC said in a press statement. 

OETC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PDO and Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) to establish a framework for evaluating the expected 400kV electrical connection. 

The MoU has been signed to achieve the comprehensive objectives of economic energy trade benefits, to regulate power generation resources in order to improve system generation efficiency and reduce fuel input requirements while observing network security.

OETC said this project will also open the doors for more investments in renewable energy generation in these areas of high potential of renewable resources by allowing an easy access to the transmission network. 

OETC has commenced the first phase of the north-to-south electrical connection with a capacity of 400kV in response to the request received from Tanweer and PDO. PDO had submitted two electrical connection requests for Barik and Al-Suwaihat on June 12, 2019, to export and import energy at each network station. The implementation of the project will further include the construction of network stations for Barik, Suweihat, Duqm and Mahout, to displace diesel generation in Duqm and Mahout regions by the second quarter of 2023.

‘It is worth mentioning that such agreement specified the duties and responsibilities of OETC and PDO to comprehend the economic and technical potentials of the interconnection,’ OETC said. 

It added that the agreement confirmed the financial obligations between the two parties where OETC will fund the project and PDO will pay back in settlement wise over an agreed period.

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