Oman’s New $1B Power Plant Starts Operation in Sohar

Sohar 3 dual fuel-fired power plant, the second largest power plant in the sultanate, generates 1,710MW electricity in net. The plant is located inside the Sohar Industrial Port area.

DESPARDES News Monitor — Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has announced the commencement of commercial operations at its power plant in Oman’s Sohar Industrial Port Area.

The power plant (Sohar-3), the second largest power plant in the sultanate, generates 1,710 megawatts (MW) and built as a public-partnership project.

Eng Abdullah bin Ali Al-Nofli, chief executive officer (CEO) of SGC, said the plant is built using advanced, reliable and efficient combined cycle technologies and this makes Sohar-3 one of the most efficient power plants in the sultanate from an operational prospective.

Sohar-3 operates on natural gas as primary fuel and can operate on diesel as backup fuel, he said. The project sponsors include Mitsui, Acwa and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Co (DIDIC) who have invested around $1 billion to complete this project, he added. The company had awarded more than $177 million of contracts to local companies, he said.

More than 70 per cent of the workforce in the company operating Sohar-3, the First National Operation and Maintenance Company (NOMAC), are Omani nationals, he added.