Population growth and a rapidly-expanding tourism industry are increasing Oman’s energy demand. Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s “Vision 2020” policy has established a goal of producing 10 percent of Oman’s total electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by 2020. Oman is the only country in the region with a dedicated Ministry for Environment and Climate Affairs.
The Oman power system is not fully interconnected. The largest part of the system, known as the MIS (Main Interconnected System) covers the northern part of the Sultanate. A smaller system owned by the Dhofar Power Company serves the Salalah area in the south. The rest of the country is supplied by the Rural Areas Electricity Company. PDO (Petroleum Development Oman)—responsible for oil and gas exploration and production—also owns and operate its own power system, which is interconnected with the MIS and Salalah systems.
Oman has a high ratio of “sky clearness” and receives extensive daily solar radiation ranging from 5,500-6,000 Wh/m2 a day in July to 2,500-3,000 Wh/m2 a day in January, giving it one of the highest solar energy densities in the world.
A major report titled Renewable Energy Resources in Oman was commissioned by Oman’s Authority for Electricity Regulation from the independent consulting firm COWI and Partners LLC. First published in May, 2008, this document remains a valuable source of background material for those interested in doing business in the region. The report identifies sources of renewable energy in Oman and presents technical and economic assessments of the potential use of renewable sources of energy for electricity production. Download the report here.
The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is the single buyer of power and water for all IPP/IWPP projects within the Sultanate of Oman.
The Public Authority for Electricity and Water is the regulator for both water and electricity services in Oman. As part of its role, PAEW encourages the private sector to invest in construction, ownership, operation maintenance and development of water & electricity projects.
RAECO is a government entity structured as a closed Omani joint stock Company registered under the Commercial Companies Law. Its activities include electricity generation, transmission, distribution & supply and desalination. The company operates throughout the Sultanate, covering the Governates of Musandam, Dhofar (except Wilayat of Salalah), Al wusta and Wilayat of Masirah.
Oman Solar Systems offers turnkey services from concept to commissioning and servicing, with total capacity for the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic systems. OSS has installed many successful solar power systems and has become a pioneer in the field of solar photovoltaic systems in Oman. OSS belongs to the Al-Bahja Group of Companies, one of the leading and major industrial groups in Oman, focused primarily manufacturing and allied activities.
Suhail Bahwan Group is one of the largest business organizations of the Middle East. Over the last three decades the company’s Energy & Power division has grown extensively to include power stations in Oman, UAE and Algeria.
Iskan Oman seeks to become a leader in the investment sector in the Sultanate of Oman and the GCC at large by investing in sustainable businesses with strong growth potential.
The Solar GCC Alliance is in the process of forming an Oman affiliate, to be known as the Oman Solar Industry Association (OSIA). This organization will seek to create new solar energy business and employment opportunities in Oman and enable collaboration opportunities throughout the GCC region.
To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org for membership details.
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