Muscat – In a landmark development to connect Oman’s two standalone grids into one integrated national network, Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), which owns and operates the country’s transmission system, will open the Rabt project on Thursday under the auspices of H H Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham al Said at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
A statement issued by OETC said, ‘The first phase of the project consists of 660km of 400kV overhead lines connecting five main grid stations in Nahida, Barik, Suwaihat, Duqm and Mahout. The total cost of this phase is RO183mn. The project aims to secure electricity supply, enhance the economy, reduce costs, raise quality and achieve environmental objectives.’
The statement added that the project has achieved 15mn safe manhours without lost-time incident.
Saleh bin Nasser al Rumhi, CEO of OETC, informed that the project is expected to enhance the efficiency and integration of national electricity transmission networks. It will also play a key role in securing the electricity network and open up new horizons for the use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, which are abundant in Al Wusta region.
The project will connect areas isolated from the main system such as Haima, Duqm and Mahout with the national grid. Additionally, it will help reduce cost of energy produced in Duqm and Mahout using diesel due to its high cost and negative impact on the environment.
“We are working to establish electricity lines across Oman to ensure power supply for all sectors and continuing to pave the way for the development journey,” Rumhi said.
Following completion of Phase 1, OETC is now preparing to launch Phase 2 of the project, tentatively before the end of 2026.