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First Phase of US$1 Billion Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant is Successfully Completed
July 16, 2011
Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company (Sembcorp Salalah), a joint venture company between Sembcorp Industries’ fully-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Utilities and the Oman Investment Corporation, has successfully completed the first phase of its US$1.0 billion Salalah Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in Oman. With the completion of the first phase, the facility began dispatching 61 megawatts of power, on schedule, to the Dhofar power grid in Southern Oman.
Targeted to begin full commercial operations in the first half of 2012, the Salalah IWPP will consist of a gas-fired power facility which will have a total net capacity of 445 megawatts and a seawater desalination facility which will employ reverse osmosis technology to produce 15 million imperial gallons (69,000 cubic metres) per day of water.
Mr Tang Kin Fei, Chairman of Sembcorp Salalah, said, “We have met the tight schedule of 19 months from the signing of the Power and Water Purchase Agreement to complete the first phase of the Salalah IWPP on time. This is especially vital as the completion is timely to meet the surge in power demand in Dhofar, which coincides with the summer months every year. Besides playing a significant role in providing power during the demand peak, the facility also enables Dhofar to obtain cheaper power during the summer period. We are confident to complete the entire project ahead of schedule.”