Sunday, 25 Jul 2021
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) aims to become a full-fledged energy company over the next few years positioning Oman as a leading centre of solar energy development in the region.

‘PDO aims to be leading player in solar energy development in region’

Inaugurating the Miraah Solar Project and the Visitor Centre, Raoul Restucci, managing director of PDO mentioned, “Oman is blessed with sun practically each day of the year and has 1 of the highest solar power densities in the globe.

“Therefore, solar power represents an enormous opportunity for this country. I am confident the technology and expertise that we see before us today will help to position Oman as a leading centre of solar energy development in the region.”

He mentioned that PDO is determined to play its element in this thrilling journey for the nation. “Last year, we announced our intention to gradually transition into a full-fledged energy company. Miraah is a very tangible example of this commitment. We are combining this with other initiatives such as solar power generation for our headquarters. This will also feed into the national grid at peak times, establishing a 100MW Solar PV farm in our concession area at Amin and ensures measures to reduce gas flaring as well as explore new forms of renewable energy such as wind power.”

In taking complete benefit of what renewable power can provide Oman, Restucci mentioned there is a require to draw on help and experience in all places. “It is for this reason that PDO has recently joined forces with bodies such as The Research Council, National Field Research Centre for Environment Conservation (NFRC) and Riyada as well as institutions including Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat University and Sohar University to share best practices, work on problems and create a forum to generate new sustainable energy ideas.” He mentioned that the renewable power sector will drive development in jobs as well.

“As you can see there is considerable amount of work that is ongoing across many fronts but there is still much more to do if we are to realise our long-term sustainable energy ambitions for Oman,” Restucci mentioned.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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