Salalah gets 445MW boost

The Second Independent Power Plant (Salalah II IPP) of Dhofar Generating Company (DGC) was opened officially on Thursday. The new plant has the capacity to produce 445 megawatts of electricity in addition to the existing 273 megawatts. Thus the total capacity of Dhofar Generating Company has gone up to 718 megawatts.
The plant was inaugurated by His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tareq al Said.
Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, and top management of DGC’s partner companies ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia and Mitsui & Company of Japan, were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering Naef bin Mohammad al Awaed, CEO of Dhofar Generating Company, termed the expansion a challenging job which could be possible “only through the support of the partner companies and different authorities.”

“The Salalah II IPP project is developed to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Dhofar Governorate and promote investment and industrialisation the region,” he said. He hailed the achievement as very big and said, “with this the DGC has become the largest producer of electricity in the governorate of Dhofar.” The DGC has entered into an agreement with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWPC), under which the OPWPC would purchase the power produced from the new and old stations for 15 years. The DGC was established in 2015 with Mitsui stake of 45 per cent and ACWA Power’s 45 per cent.
Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding has a partnership of 10 per cent in the company. The commercial operation of the new plant started on January 1, 2018. With this the DGC has emerged as the biggest power generation company in Dhofar, as the total cost incurred on both the projects stands at RO 240 million. It has four heat recovery steam generators and two steam turbines.
The new plant is connected to a new 132KV transmission grid substation by licensed transmission system operator for export of electrical energy generated by the plant.
Although the power purchase agreement between DGC and OPWPC is for 15 years, the plant is designed for a technical life cycle of 30 years.
The commercial operation of the new plant started on January 1, 2018.
With this the DGC has emerged as the biggest power generation company in Dhofar, as the total cost incurred on both the projects stands at RO 240 million.