Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the sole procurer of electricity and water in Oman, has completed the feasibility study for the first waste-to-power project and is likely to start tendering process in early 2019.
“We have completed the feasibility study for the waste-to-power project, and currently studying various options. If everything goes according to the plan, most likely we will be issuing procurement orders through tenders in early 2019,” said Eng Naif Ali al Abri, projects development director at OPWP while speaking at a seminar held under the theme ‘Renewable Energy: PV & Storage Solutions’ at Hormuz Grand Muscat on Monday.
He explained that they have submitted the proposal for the approval of the Authority for Electricity. Once the approval is obtained, they will move fast on this project.
OPWP is giving a big push to renewable energy in the country as it plans to generate around 12-13% of the total electricity from renewable sources, and for that it plans to issue tenders for Independent Power Projects (IPP) based on renewable energy on annual basis for next seven years. Most of these projects would use solar energy followed by wind power for some projects.
“Besides solar and wind energy projects, there will be one project based on energy generated from waste. This waste-to-energy project will be taken in collaboration with Oman Environmental Services Holding Company, also known as Be’ah,” said Al Abri.
Oman’s first waste-to-energy IPP is in line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources for power generation, in addition to supporting the waste sector by reducing waste volume and demand for landfills.
The waste-to-energy project will be based on the IPP model with a capacity of 50MW. It is expected to become operational by 2023.