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Plan afoot to build new independent power plant

 Staff Reporter

MUSCAT

The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company is out to boost the electricity generation and water supply to meet the growing demand across the Sultanate.

It has floated a request for proposal (RFP) for social and environmental impact assessment for an independent power plant (IPP). The company has said the tender has been floated taking into consideration its future plans.

The consultant would have to be registered with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs. It would have to make the assessment for the future project based on which the company can proceed with getting the necessary clearances.

The tender would have to be submitted by October 1.

On the water supply front, the company has floated a request for proposal for technical advisory services for the development of the Wadi Dayqah independent water plant (IWP). The last date for submission of documents is October 2.

The company in its recent seven-year report said that in the main interconnected system, peak demand for electricity is expected to grow at 6 per cent annually to 8,960 MW in 2023 from 5,920 MW in 2016. This growth rate, lower than previous forecasts, reflected economic trends and the introduction of cost-reflective tariffs to large consumers, according to the report.

Energy consumption was expected to grow at 7 per cent annually.

The low case scenario projects and annual growth of 5 per cent and peak demand at 8,310 MW in 2023, close to 650 MW below the expected demand. The high case one projects 8 per cent annual growth and peak demand at 10,020 MW in 2023, exceeding expected demand by about 1,050 MW.

Regarding water supply and demand, the report said demand in the main interconnected zone is projected to increase at 5 per cent annually to 1.07 million cubic metres per day in 2023 from 746,000 cubic metres per day in 2016.

It said the forecast for 2017 to 2023 exceeded the previous year forecast by about 10 per cent in the base case and by somewhat less in the high case.

The differences were due mainly to higher-than-expected demand out-turns in 2016.

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