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Sohar's new $1bn power plant starts operation

Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has announced the commencement of commercial operations at its power plant in Oman's Sohar Industrial Port Area.

The power plant (Sohar-3), the second largest power plant in the sultanate, generates 1,710 megawatts (MW), said an Oman News Agency report.

Eng Abdullah bin Ali Al Nofli, chief executive officer (CEO) of SGC, said the plant is built using advanced, reliable and efficient combined cycle technologies and this makes Sohar-3 one of the most efficient power plants in the sultanate from an operational prospective. Sohar-3 operates on natural gas as primary fuel and can operate on diesel as backup fuel, he said.

The project sponsors (Mitsui, Acwa and DIDIC) have invested around $1 billion to complete this project, he added.

The company had awarded more than RO68 million ($176.61 million) of contracts to local companies, he said. More than 70 per cent of the workforce in the company operating Sohar-3, First National Operation and Maintenance Company (Nomac), are Omani nationals.

SGC has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with state-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Sohar-3 is connected to a newly constructed 400-kV electricity transmission network and to the main interconnected system (MIS) to serve commercial and industrial establishments.
  • Shinas Generating Company
  • Commercial Operations
  • Sohar Industrial Port
  • Oman
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