TotalEnergies and Veolia to start building solar power project in Oman


TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to commence the construction of 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar PV plant to provide power for a desalination plant in Sur, a city of Oman.

The power plant will be located on the site of the Sharqiyah Desalination plant, which supplies drinking water to over 600,000 people of the Sharqiyah region.

Claimed to become the first of its kind to be installed in the region, the solar project will generate annually over 30,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power, or over a third of the desalination plant's daily consumption, thereby allowing it to cut down close to 300,000t of CO2 emissions.

Oman’s National Energy Strategy aims to convert 30% of its power use to renewable sources by the end of this decade.

The plant will be equipped with over 32,000 solar panels and will use an East-West tracker system to boost energy production.

The solar project will cover an area of 130,000m2, which is equivalent to about 18 football pitches.

Veolia CEO Estelle Brachlianoff said: “At Veolia, we are committed to bring the ecological transformation in the water sector for our clients and for our own assets. We’re happy 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.

“As one of the key players of Oman’s water sector, Veolia is fully committed to supporting Oman’s Vision 2040 sustainability objectives for the Sultanate’s communities and industries and our solar project with TotalEnergies goes in this direction.”

TotalEnergies senior vice president for renewables Vincent Stoquart said: “This project is in line with our strategy to develop renewable energy in the Middle East and provide our customers with clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions.

“We are committed to helping Veolia decarbonise its operations, building on our strong track record of deploying renewable energy solutions at highly technical and complex sites. As a global multi-energy company, our goal is to contribute to the development of renewables in Oman and its region.”

Image: The plant will be equipped with over 32,000 solar panels. Credit: Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay.

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