Al-Duqum Independent Water and Power Project
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The Al-Duqum Independent Water and Power Project (Duqm IWPP power station) is a proposed 1,200-megawatt (MW) power station in Duqm, Oman.
The map below shows Duqum, the approximate location where the plant would be built.
The project is a proposed 1,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station associated with a desalination plant. It has been sponsored by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Electricity Holding Company (EHC), which in turn is 100% owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman.
The technical advisory contract has been awarded to the Australian company, WorleyParsons, and the financial advisory contract has gone to KPMG. Al-Duqum IWPP will be the first coal-fired power plant in the country, and one of the first in the Gulf region. The Al-Duqum IWPP is estimated to cost US$2 billion to build, and is proposed that it would come online in 2015.
OPWP stated that coal is the preferred option, because it is an alternative to rising gas prices and a means to diversifying fuel sources within the power generation supply. The company is aiming to issue a request for a proposal from a private investor in the second quarter of 2010 and finalize a contract by the end of 2010.
Plans for a coal plant were scrapped in 2011, due to environmental concerns.
However, in June 2017 OPWP said it was exploring an Independent Power Project (IPP) of a capacity ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 MW that would be powered by coal. The selected consultants will study and recommend suitable locations for the proposed coal plant. OPWP aims for a March 2018 completion of all studies linked to future power generation.
In August 2017, it was reported an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build Duqm's first large-scale natural gas-fired power-cum-water desalination project was expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018. It also said a Chinese consortium was considering a 300MW coal-fired power plant in Duqm, and that Hebei Electric Power Design and Research and Ningxia Electric Power Design Institute plan to conduct an environmental impact assessment study for getting environment clearance from the Oman government for a US$406 million-coal-fired power project in the Duqm free zone.
In November 2017, it was reported that Oman’s Power and Water Procurement Company had picked Gowling WLG to provide legal advisory on an 1,800MW coal-fired IPP project in Duqm.
In January 2019, it was reported the project was awaiting final clearance from the government before the procurement process would begin. Unit 1 is planned for 2024 and unit 2 for 2025.
According to OPWP's 7-Year Outlook Statement spanning the 2019-2025 timeframe, if the coal plant does not get the government’s green-light before end-2019, OPWP may proceed instead with a 600 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project.
In December 2019, it was reported that the Ministry of Oil and Gas had decided plans for the coal plant in Oman’s diversified energy mix had been put on the back-burner as the country makes an "aggressive transition" to renewables-based electricity generation.
- Sponsor: Oman Power and Water Procurement Company
- Parent company: TBD
- Location: Duqm, Al Wusta, Oman
- Coordinates: 19.661667, 57.704722 (approximate)
- Status: Shelved
- Capacity: 1,200 MW (Units 1 & 2: 600 MW)
- Type: Subcritical
- Start date: 2024-2025
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Articles and resources
- Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, "Al-Duqum IWPP", Oman Power and Water Procurement Company website, accessed September 2009.
- Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, "Welcome to Oman PWP," Oman Power and Water Procurement Company website, accessed September 2009
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- "Oman mulls thermal concentrated solar power project," reve, July 16, 2019
- "Oman puts clean-coal power plans on ice," businessgateways, December 29, 2019