Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company (Sembcorp Salalah) welcomed several local dignitaries in celebration of World Environment Day. Guest of honour was Sheikh Salim bin Faraj Al Huzaily, Director General of Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Salalah. Also in attendance at the event was Mr. Abdullah bin Ahmed Alawi Al Haddad, the Dy. Wali of Mirbat.
While Leonilo Barre Caraos, Plant Manager proposed the welcome address and briefed the audience on the Sembcorp Salalah environmental management initiatives, Ms. Hasina Mohammed Al Amri, stressed the World Environment Day theme 2013, THINK EAT SAVE.
Lim Yeow Keong, General Manager of Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (Salalah IWPP) said, “Sembcorp Salalah began its presence in Oman with a strong culture and values. In line with our Corporate Policies, the Company has undertaken this project with the deepest respect to the environment in mind. As a Vital Partner, we are fully committed to promote and maintain the highest standards of Health, Safety and Environment in all our activities to minimize our impact and safeguard environment. The celebration of this year’s World Environment Day is one of the many collaborations in the pipeline with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs to promote environmentally friendly practices. We wholeheartedly embrace the theme of this year’s event: ‘Think Eat Save’ and believe that we all can contribute to this vital initiative by thinking before we make our food choices.”
The Salalah IWPP was successfully completed in May 2012 and consists of a gas-fired power plant with a total gross capacity of 490 megawatts (net capacity of 445 megawatts) and a seawater desalination plant with a total water production capacity of 15 million imperial gallons (69,000 cubic metres) per day. It 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.
Sheikh Salim bin Faraj Al Huzaily, Director General of Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Salalah said, “The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has drawn many programs and policies to combat the misuse of natural resources and increase awareness among corporations and local citizens. Steps are being taken to preserve the eco-system through the establishment of environmental norms and best practices whilst at the same time protecting the heritage and traditional culture for conservation and sustainable utilization of natural resources. I am equally delighted to see the continued effort of Sembcorp Salalah not only managing the environmental issues as a responsible Corporate Citizen but also in creating further awareness amongst its employees and the community at large through forums like this. Promoting the concept of World Environment Day will go a long way in creating a sense of environmental responsibility, which is so essential in our everyday life today.”
Commemorating the occasion of World Environment Day, a sapling was planted by DG MECA, Dy. Wali, Mirbat and Lim Yeow Keong, GM Sembcorp Salalah as a symbol of joint effort in conservation of environment.
A vote of thanks was proposed at the closing of the ceremony by Sembcorp IWPP’s Rakesh Kumar Jha, Chemistry and HSE Manager.
The Salalah IWPP is Sembcorp’s first facility in Oman. Besides the Salalah IWPP, Sembcorp also owns, operates and maintains the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant – one of the world’s largest operating hybrid desalination plants – in the UAE since 2006.