wiredInUSA September 2018

Contract for an Oman first

First wind for Oman

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Construction has begun at Oman’s first wind farm, the 50MW Harweel project in the southern Dhofar governate. The wind farm is being built by Spanish engineering firm TSK. The main turbine components of the site will arrive in Oman in September, and installation of the project’s 13 GE 3.8-130 models will start the following month. Commissioning of the wind farm, owned by Abu Dhabi renewables firm Masdar and the state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO), is due in early 2019. Once complete it will provide power to the national utility, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), until 2033. Oman plans to source ten percent of its electricity from renewables by 2025, according to the OPWP’s seven-year statement. The utility also plans to procure a 150MW extension to the Harweel project, which would be commissioned in 2023.

Nexans will provide a variety of instrumentation and fiber optic telecommunication cables for Oman’s first integrated downstream petrochemicals complex. The $4.5 billion Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) project is under development by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic). Orpic’s complex will include a refinery, aromatics plant, steam cracker and downstream polypropylene and polyethylene plants, making it one of the best integrated refinery and petrochemical facility combinations in the world. With the new facility, plastics production will be increased by one million tonnes, allowing Orpic an annual production for a total of 1.4 million tonnes of polyethylene and polypropylene. LPIC will be equipped with Nexans’ instrumentation, fiber optic telecommunication cables and fieldbus cables, supplied through the group’s established partnership with the distributor Rexel. The cables will feature Nexans’ Hypron ® design, developed and tested to provide an alternative to lead-sheath cables for onshore oil and gas installations. The LPICprojectwill enter thecommissioning phase at the end of 2018, ready for commercial operation from 2020.


wiredInUSA - September 2018

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