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Oman's Ambitious Renewable Energy Plans Take Shape: Vast Land Areas Identified

20 Oct 2023

In a recent development announced at the 'Forum on Sustainable and Low Carbon Aviation Fuel,' Oman's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has unveiled the identification of substantial land areas with significant renewable energy potential in northern Oman. These lands, spanning approximately 7,830 square kilometers across several governorates, align with Oman's commitment to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Renewable Energy Potential Unleashed

The sultanate of Oman is making giant strides towards harnessing renewable energy to transform its energy landscape. In the recent 'Forum on Sustainable and Low Carbon Aviation Fuel,' Oman's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) made a groundbreaking revelation. Vast land areas, totaling around 7,830 square kilometers, have been identified in northern Oman, holding substantial renewable energy potential.

This development perfectly complements Oman's ambitious goals for green hydrogen and renewables. The country has already designated 50,000 square kilometers in central and southern Oman for green hydrogen development over the next three decades.

Oman's Net Zero Commitment

Oman's dedication to steering its energy sector towards renewables and decarbonization is resolute. Aiming to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050, the nation is swiftly setting the stage for a sustainable future. With abundant solar and wind resources at its disposal, Oman is well on track to achieving its objective of sourcing at least 30% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2030.

Areas for Green Hydrogen Development

To facilitate the production of low-emission energy fuels, including the highly sought-after green hydrogen, Oman has strategically designated expansive land areas in regions such as Al Jazer, Salalah, and Duqm. These areas are poised for green hydrogen development and will be managed by Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom).

A Pioneering Green Energy Agenda

Oman's energy transition plan for 2030 includes a multitude of solar and wind projects. Notable projects include the operational 500 MW solar PV project in Ibri and two solar PV schemes with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW under construction in Manah. The nation is also set to complete three new wind projects by 2027, including a 100 MW wind farm in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, a 200 MW Duqm wind project, and a 200 MW Ras Madrakah scheme.

Adding to this impressive roster are a 500 MW solar farm in Ibri and a 140 MW Waste-to-Energy plant in Barka, both projected to be operational by 2028.

Oman's steadfast commitment to renewable energy and sustainability is positioning it as a promising player in the global clean energy arena.

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