Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company (Sembcorp Salalah) has successfully completed the acceptance tests for its US$1 billion Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (Salalah IWPP) in Oman. The facility will provide power and water under a 15-year power and water purchase agreement with the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, which is wholly-owned by the Government of Oman.
The Salalah IWPP consists of a gas-fired power facility with a total gross capacity of 490 megawatts and a seawater desalination facility with a total water production capacity of 15 million imperial gallons (69,000 cubic metres) per day. As the largest and most energy-efficient power and water plant in Dhofar in southern Oman, the Salalah IWPP is expected to play a major role in meeting the growing power and water demand of this region. The first phase of the project was completed in July 2011, within a tight timeline of 19 months from the signing of the power and water purchase agreement. The second phase was subsequently completed in the first quarter of 2012. With the completion of this third and final phase, the plant will commence full commercial operation.
Tang Kin Fei, Chairman of Sembcorp Salalah, said, “The successful completion of the Salalah IWPP will be a significant milestone for Sembcorp Salalah. This facility will enable us to provide essential power and water to meet the growing demand in Dhofar. Together with the Omani government, we will play our part in helping to address the region’s pressing power and water needs.”
Sembcorp Salalah is a joint venture between Sembcorp Industries’ wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Utilities, the Oman Investment Corporation and Bahrain-based Instrata Capital.