An engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to build Duqm’s first large natural gas-fired power-cum-water desalination project is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018.
The project, which is expected to take three years to complete, is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2020, reported the Times of Oman.
The details were reportedly revealed in the Seven-Year Outlook Report released by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).
The project, which will have a contracted capacity to generate 183 megawatt (MW) of power, along with a desalination plant of 9.5m imperial gallons of water per day-capacity, is being developed by Marafiq, Oman's first centralised utilities provider catering to industrial zones.
Duqm is presently served by a 66MW diesel-fired power plant, owned and operated by the Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco), which is part of the Electricity Holding Company (Nama Group).
The current development of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD) will attract an additional industrial investment, which is expected to drive demand for power.
Demand for electricity in Duqm is expected to grow significantly as SEZAD realises its ambitious development plans to transform the special economic zone into a global investment destination.
The first phase of the SEZAD master plan anticipates electricity demand will reach 650MW by 2025.