OPAZ allocates 100km2 in Duqm for clean energy

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16 November 2020

MUSCAT (WAF)- Oman Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) has designated an initial 100 square kilometre area (10,000 hectares) for renewable energy projects, a press statement by OPAZ said.

The statement, citing Jalal al-Lawati, a spokesperson of OPAZ, stated that the Authority “is currently evaluating a number of investment requests in this field (green energy)”.

“Those companies are showing interest to invest in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) and Sohar Free Zone to produce electricity from solar and wind energy as great sources to produce green hydrogen for export,” al-Lawati added.

OPAZ is the newly formed government agency supervising the free and economic zones in Sohar, Duqm, Salalah, and al- Mazunah as a first stage.

While the allocated area in Duqm can generate about 10 gigawatts of clean energy, OPAZ is also working on boosting the clean energy operations in Sohar, especially Solar energy projects.

Last year, Sohar Port and Free zone had entered into a land lease agreement to develop 600-hectares of land with for renewable energy schemes of capacities ranging from 10 to 40 MW by Shell Development Oman (SDO). Similarly, Oman State General Reserve Fund (known currently as Oman Investment Authority) has also invited consultants in November last year for a Solar Energy Project in Sohar Free zone.