Muscat – The sultanate’s two new utility-scale solar power projects in the Wilayat of Manah with a combined capacity of 1,000MW are expected to start commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2024.
Manah 1 and 2 Solar Independent Power Projects (IPPs), according to Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-Up Unit, support the sultanate’s direction towards using renewable energy to meet the demand for electricity.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the sole procurer of the sultanate’s power and water capacity, is implementing Manah 1 and 2 solar projects with an estimated investment of RO300mn. The projects are located in the Wilayat of Manah and have a total production capacity of 500MW each.
‘The commercial operation of both projects is expected in the fourth quarter of 2024. Manah 1 and 2 solar projects will contribute in diversifying Oman’s energy sources to achieve the target of generating 30 per cent of electricity through renewable sources by 2030,’ Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-Up Unit said in its statement.
The projects in Manah will aim to provide the required energy to meet Oman’s increasing demand for electricity. Through these renewable energy projects, Oman aims to reduce dependence on natural gas to generate electricity and provide additional gas to other fields such as manufacturing. Manah 1 and 2 projects, as per Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-Up Unit’s statement, will reduce emission of greenhouse gases by around 680,000 tonnes.
As per the statement, the 500MW capacity Ibri II solar project, the sultanate’s first utility-scale renewable energy project which started operations in August, is aiming to supply electricity to over 33,000 houses.
The Ibri II solar project will help Oman reduce 340,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from the country’s carbon footprint every year.