June 1 (Renewables Now) – A 100-MW solar park in Oman that will supply electricity to state-run oil and gas company PDO has kicked off commercial operations.
The power plant was commissioned three months earlier than planned, Oman News Agency (ONA) reports. Located about 210 km (130 miles) northeast of Thumrait, the Amin photovoltaic (PV) park will operate under a 23-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO), supplying its interior operations.
The USD-94-million (EUR 84.4m) solar park is expected to generate electricity that will be enough to supply 15,000 homes per year and offset over 225,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The construction and commissioning of the solar farm took less than 12 months. Amin Renewable Energy Company SAOC, a Japanese-Omani consortium consisting of Marubeni Corporation (TYO:8002), Oman Gas Company SAOC, Bahwan Renewable Energy Company LLC is behind the project. Qatar-based Nebras Power QPSC also joined the scheme with the purchase of a 9.9% stake in the project company in November 2019.
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