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Omani power plants Sohar 2 and Barka 3 will soon start commercial operations adding 744MW each to the country’s grid
The operators of Sohar 2 and Barka 3 independent power plants have announced that both facilities have been equipped to meet peak summer demands.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will be the sole off-taker of the power sold by both project firms as part of two 15-year power purchase contracts.
Both power firms are owned by a consortium made up of GDF SUEZ with 46 per cent interest, part of Suhail Bahwan Group having a 22 per cent interest, Sojitz Corporation and Shikoku Power with 11 per cent interest each and the Public Authority for Social Insurance having a 10 per cent interest.
Both power sites are gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine plants with an identical 744MW output capacity. Construction on the plants was started in 2010, with a consortium of Siemens and GS Engineering & Construction as EPC contractors.
The sites will now by operated and maintained by Suez-Tractebel Operation and Maintenance Oman LLC.
GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East CEO and president Shankar Krishnamoorthy said, “For more than 15 years GDF SUEZ has been a reliable supplier of power and water to the people of Oman. This has allowed us to build a strong relationship of trust and respect with the country.”