Saudi Arabian energy company ACWA Power has officially opened the 445MW Greenfield Salalah 2 independent power producer (IPP) plant in Oman.
Built with an investment of $465m, the plant features four gas turbines, as well as four heat recovery steam generators and two steam turbines.
With a lifecycle of 30 years, the Greenfield plant was designed to provide additional power capacity to the existing plant in Raysut, which currently has a capacity of 273MW.
ACWA Power president and CEO Paddy Padmanathan said: “We are pleased to have achieved commercial operations ahead of schedule and to begin to supply much needed additional power to the region.
“Power demand in Oman is rapidly increasing and we look forward to continuing our work with OPWP and our partners to reliably and cost-effectively deliver power in Oman.”
The Greenfield Salalah 2 project is owned by Dhofar Generating Company, and has been developed by a consortium comprising of ACWA Power, Mitsui and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding firm.
Dhofar Generating Company CEO Naef bin Mohammad Al-Awaed said: “The Salalah 2 Independent Power Plant contributes to the development of the local community and meets the steady increase in industrial, economic and social activity in the province and the Sultanate as a whole.”
The new power plant will reportedly improve investments in the region from various industrial segments including infrastructure construction, tourism, import and exports.
Additionally, the plant is expected to further enhance the electricity supply in the province of Dhofar.
The project is said to have been completed ahead of schedule and has comprised 6.4 million hours of work in all stages of development with zero injuries or accidents.
ACWA Power managing director Thamer Al-Sharhan said: “We are delighted to launch the commercial operation of Salalah 2 IPP, adding a new achievement to the record we have achieved in collaboration with Omani leadership and technical capabilities.
“Our record there reflects ACWA Power’s strategy in employing our projects in enhancing the efficiency of Omani power grid, raising the economic value of our projects within Omani economic GDP, enhancing the local content and value chains for the project through allocating 23% of its investment cost in using the local companies in implementing its requirements and needs.”