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PDO’s headquarters to be fully solar-powered
January 3, 2018 | 12:23 PM
by Syed Haitham Hasan/[email protected]
The move will save more than 3.1 million cubic metres of gas a year, enough to provide electricity for almost 1,000 homes. - Supplied picture
 
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Muscat: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) headquarters at Mina Al Fahal will be completely powered by solar energy by the end of the year, a major stride towards its transformation into a fully fledged energy company.

The majority state-owned company officially opened its first solar car park on Wednesday where thousands of solar panels are installed in car parks to provide power for office buildings. The 6MW first phase that will be completed in March will power nearly half of the headquarters 12MW requirements. The capacity will be nearly doubled by November to fulfill all power needs of the offices at Mina Al Fahal concession area.

“By November this year, our headquarters at PDO will be independent of power from the grid. The first phase powers nearly 50 per cent of our requirements and second phase will be nearly the same capacity to make us power PDO offices only by solar energy,”Mohammed Al Aghbari, Infrastructure and Power Systems Manager at PDO said.

Al Aghbari added that as the project is grid connected, power during the weekends and holidays will be fed back to the Muscat Interconnected Sytem. The system will take power from the grid once the sun is down but power requirement during that time is expected to be very low.



The first phase is expected to save more than 3.1 million cubic metres of gas a year, enough to provide electricity for almost 1,000 homes. It will also cut carbon dioxide emissions by 6,662 tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking more than 1,400 cars off the road or planting almost 173,000 trees. The 6 MWp capacity will generate 9,480,000 electrical units (kWh) per year.

The renewable energy scheme was executed as a joint venture by Spanish company Elecnor S.A. in partnership with Omani firm Rukun Al Yaqeen (RAY) International LLC.

It involved installing a total of 19,500 solar photo voltaic (PV) modules to the canopies of 2,054 parking lots and is the largest solar scheme at a single location in Oman spanning an area of 37,830m2. The solar plant requires minimum effort to operate and maintain at negligible operating costs for a projected 25 year life cycle.

“As this was the first solar energy project, our major challenge was that we did not have the expertise available in Oman to develop such a sophisticated system.” > B2

Therefore we had to bron it from European company and an Omani firm to partner with us to build this capacity. I will encourage private sector to take such initiatives and PDO will be more than happy to help and support them,” Al Aghbari said.

It was officially inaugurated under the auspices of His Excellency Mohammed bin Salim Al Tobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs. The ceremony was attended by PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci and other prominent officials.

Mohammed Al Tobi commended PDO for its environmentally conscious and forward thinking approach in finding alternative sources for energy especially at a time characterised by economic challenges. He said: “No doubt this project will contribute to protecting the environment and reducing harmful emissions and electricity consumption. It is one of the first projects in the Sultanate to utilise solar energy at this scale alongside the Miraah project in the Amal oilfield, which is the biggest in the region.

PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “As well as supporting economic sustainability, we are also committed to environmental stewardship across our entire hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon portfolio.

“This project is the latest move by PDO into renewables and we believe there is a lot more potential to harness the sun’s energy across our operations and the Sultanate generally. It also provides an opportunity to develop Omani capability in solar and to build a local supply chain in this growing area.”

PDO is promoting renewable energy in the oil and gas sector while expanding its renewable energy journey in its concession area. It is already using solar energy for street lighting and water heating in its Ras Al Hamra residential development and has recently completed the first block of Miraah, the largest solar energy plant at peak capacity in the world built with partner GlassPoint Solar, at its Amal cluster in southern Oman. The Miraah project is harnessing the sun’s rays to create steam as an alternative to gas for use in thermal enhanced oil recovery and has successfully delivered steam to the Amal West oilfield. The Company is also providing technical support to government and private sector entities in Oman.

“Therefore we had to bring it from European company and an Omani firm to partner with us to build this capacity. I will encourage private sector to take such initiatives and PDO will be more than happy to help and support them,” Al Aghbari said.

It was officially inaugurated under the auspices of Mohammed bin Salim Al Tobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and was attended by PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci and other officials.

Mohammed Al Tobi commended PDO for its environmentally conscious and forward thinking approach in finding alternative sources for energy especially at a time characterised by economic challenges.

He said: “No doubt this project will contribute to protecting the environment and reducing harmful emissions and electricity consumption. It is one of the first projects in the Sultanate to utilise solar energy at this scale alongside the Miraah project in the Amal oilfield, which is the biggest in the region.

PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “As well as supporting economic sustainability, we are also committed to environmental stewardship across our entire hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon portfolio.

“This project is the latest move by PDO into renewables and we believe there is a lot more potential to harness the sun’s energy across our operations and the Sultanate generally. It also provides an opportunity to develop Omani capability in solar and to build a local supply chain in this growing area.”

PDO is promoting renewable energy in the oil and gas sector while expanding its renewable energy journey in its concession area. It is already using solar energy for street lighting and water heating in its Ras Al Hamra residential development and has completed the first block of Miraah, the largest solar energy plant at peak capacity in the world built with partner GlassPoint Solar, at its Amal cluster in southern Oman.

The Miraah project is harnessing sun’s rays to create steam as an alternative to gas for use in thermal enhanced oil recovery and has successfully delivered steam to Amal West oilfield. The Company is also providing technical support to government and private sector entities in Oman.

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