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Construction begins at Oman’s Manah 1 PV plant

The plant is located approximately 120 kilometres south of the capital Muscat. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The 500MW Manah 1 solar PV facility is being built by EDF Renewables and Korea Western Power Co Ltd (KOWEPO)

The plant is located approximately 120 kilometres south of the capital Muscat. Key partners such as Nama Power & Water Procurement (PWP), the buyer, and the Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR) supported a special event to commemorate the project's ground-breaking.Worley was also chosen as the project's owner engineer by EDF Renewables and KOWEPO.

In order to deliver the PV plant in a timely way and in compliance with the highest industry standards, Worley will collaborate with the Wadi Noor Solar Power Company. 

In the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, the facility will cover an area of around 7.8 square kilometres. The 500 MW photovoltaic facility, which uses more than a million bifacial PV modules installed on a single axis tracker system, will set the standard for the Omani solar industry.

Olivier Bordes, CEO Middle East, EDF Renewables said, “This project demonstrates EDF Renewables support for Oman’s Vision 2030 objectives and its climate goals. Sustainability, low-carbon innovative solutions and nurtured local knowledge are the cornerstone for EDF Renewables. We will continue to work with the Sultanate of Oman’s government on driving its clean energy transition, while supporting the Sultanate in reaching its renewables capacity target of 30% by 2030”.

“Moreover, once fully operational the project will considerably contribute to power with clean electricity 50,000 Omani homes while offsetting over 780,000 tonnes of CO2 per year” he added.

Ko Youn Ho, managing director, Overseas Business of KOWEPO in the Middle East, said, “We will do our best to work alongside our partner to ensure the smooth implementation of the Manah 1 project to satisfy with the energy transition plan in Oman.”