Located in the southern part of the sultanate, the plant will be commissioned by the end of 2019 and will power Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) interior operations by using Arctech’s SkySmart tracking system, Arctech Solar said in a press statement on its website.
The PDO’s solar plant not only marks the first-of-its-kind in Oman and the world’s first utility-scale solar project with an oil and gas company as the sole wholesale buyer of electricity, but also the single-largest tracking system project with bifacial modules in Middle East to date.
“We are delighted to make an effort to this landmark solar project in Oman,” said Guy Rong, president of Arctech Solar’s international business. “To date, Arctech has already supplied almost 700MW of SkySmart trackers for projects across the globe. We will remain committed to providing efficient solar tracking and racking systems in support of the Middle East’s rapid development and potential for renewable energy.”
With its innovative structural design that effectively reduces module backside standing and its efficient factory pre-assembly, Arctech’s SkySmart tracking system will be deployed on the project to offer higher energy output, while also reducing the labour cost associated with field installation.
The plant in Oman will be Arctech’s second project in the Middle East, following a solar power plant project in Saudi
Arabia, and is part of the manufacturer’s ongoing internationalisation strategy.
In addition to supplying trackers for Oman plant, Arctech said it will continue to accelerate its global presence in 2019 and beyond.