PDO starts commercial operation of Amin Photovoltaic Power Plant

american public power association XGAZzyLzn18 unsplashPetroleum Development Oman (PDO) has begun operations of the 100-megawatt Amin Photovoltaic Power Plant

The US$94mn facility in the south covers an area of four sq km and can produce up to 100 megawatts of electricity through solar panels. The energy generated is sufficient to power 15,000 homes and could lead to an annual reduction of more than 225,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of taking 23,000 cars off the road.

Using solar-generated electricity as an alternative to natural gas to support PDO operations, the project is expected to provide an equivalent fuel economy of 95.5 million cubic metres of gas per annum.

PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said, “Solar intensity in Oman provides an attractive platform to enable a lower carbon and more sustainable future. This flagship project is another building block in support of PDO’s continued transition to a fully-fledged energy company. The Amin power plant represents an excellent example of Oman’s outstanding potential in renewable energy.”

President and CEO of Marubeni Middle East and Africa Power Limited Shunsuke Takahashi said, “This significant and first utility-scale PV Solar project in Oman is a cornerstone to developing a more renewable-based infrastructure in the country and Marubeni is very proud of being able to contribute to this strategic initiative together with our shareholding partners and PDO. The Amin project further underlines Marubeni’s strong desire to further expand its business activities in the power sector.”

Nebras Power CEO Khalid M. Jolo stated, “The successful completion and inauguration of Amin IPP signifies the realisation of a commitment to deliver clean and reliable energy to the Sultanate of Oman that will serve as a dedicated source of power and further demonstrates the significant contribution and benefits of renewable energy.”

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