Nama Group, represented by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), developed an ambitious plan to harness renewable energy for power generation. The results of many studies carried out by the company indicated that the level of solar and wind power density in the country is among the highest in the world and can meet the growing demand for electricity in the Sultanate.
As a result of this shift towards more reliance on renewable and clean energy, Nama Group and its subsidiaries launched several solar and wind power generation projects. The Group aims to increase the contribution of various renewable energy projects to 30% of the total power generation in the Sultanate by 2030.
Renewable energy projects will soon be established to cover the various governorates of the Sultanate according to a set plan and timeframe by Nama Group and its subsidiaries. The projects are expected to contribute to diversifying the economy, creating jobs and attracting new investments. These projects will also help in importing new technologies and ensuring the development of knowledge and skills.
Commenting on the most important projects aimed at optimizing the use of renewable energies, especially solar energy, and utilizing them in creating environment friendly sustainable sources of energy, he added that current plans include the establishment of four solar PV projects until 2025. While each plant is designed to produce about 500 MW, the exact capacity for each plant will be decided after the technical analysis. There is also another (CSP) project with a capacity of 600 MW. Moreover, as part of its efforts to use clean energy, Nama Group managed to produce electricity in most of the plants by gas.
Furthermore, among the major projects to be set up are the Manah Solar I & II IPPs in Al Dakhiliya Governorate with a capacity of 1000 MW. The commercial operation of the project is expected to be in the second half of 2023.
As for current projects, the solar power generation project in Ibri is one of the most important existing projects -- the first of its kind in the Main Integrated System (MIS). It is a successful example of a project that aims to diversify energy resources and increase the use of clean energy. The project also aims to reduce more than 840,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The RO 155 million worth project is fully funded by the private sector, and the tender for the project was awarded in early 2019. It is scheduled for commercial operation in mid-2021, with a capacity of 500 megawatts. Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), a member of Nama Group, will transmit electricity generated from the plant via the Main Integrated System. This will ensure the supply of electricity to many houses and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Commenting on the future expansion plans for wind power generation projects, the company’s CEO noted that in addition to Dhofar Wind Project by Tanweer, additional projects are also planned in Jalan Bani Bu Ali and Duqm. The 2023 Wind Power project is expected to cost $500 million, with an approximate capacity of 300 megawatts.
In early 2019, OPWP launched a Request for Proposals to provide Wind Resource Assessment Services, including the installation, commissioning, and operation & maintenance of wind resource monitoring stations, in addition to the collection and validation of highquality wind resource data.
“When we talk about investment, offering promising opportunities for private investors in renewable energy is not the only aim because this contributes to diversifying energy sources and sustainability,” said Al Kiyumi. He added that the ease of access to electricity is an important factor for any institution considering to invest in the Sultanate. Nama Group plays an important role as an electricity supplier by attracting investments and sustaining the economic prosperity in all areas.