Veolia and TotalEnergies, The power plant will be located on the site of the Sharqiyah Desalination plant in Sur
TotalEnergies and Veolia recently signed an agreement to start the construction of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) systems providing power for a desalination plant in Oman, on the site of the Sharqiyah Desalination plant in the city of Sur.
This 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar project will be the first of its kind to be installed in the region. It produces annually over 30,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green electricity, or more than a third of the desalination plant’s daily consumption, enabling it to avoid close to 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
The plant will be equipped with more than 32,000 high-efficiency solar panels and will use an innovative East-West tracker system to increase energy production. It will cover an area of 130,000sqm, equivalent to approximately 18 football pitches.
“We’re delighted to launch the construction of the solar plant on our desalination unit in the city of Sur, to be able to power it with the green electricity while drastically reducing its carbon footprint,” affirmed Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Veolia.
“As a global multi-energy company, our goal is to contribute to the development of renewables in Oman and its region,” remarked Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice President Renewables, TotalEnergies.
“Employing solar energy as another energy source for desalination operation contributes to the sustainability objectives in Oman.,” commented Yaqoob Al Kiyumi, CEO, Oman Power, and Water Procurement company OPWP.