Duqm power and water plant begins trial operations
The new integrated power and water plant at the Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZAD) has started trial operations after receiving the first consignment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to operate the facility.
Being set up by Marafiq, the plant is considered a centralised utility facility in the Special Economic Zone in Duqm. The integrated plant includes 326MW power generation unit, a water desalination plant with the capacity of 36,000 cubic metres per day, sea water suction units with supply capacity of 1.5mn cubic metres per day, and a 132KV electricity transmission line from the plant to the oil storage tanks at RasMarkaz.
Eng Abdullah Mohammed al Hashmi, CEO of Marafiq, in Duqm Economist’s latest edition said that the arrival of the first consignment of LNG to SEZAD is major news in the area. “The company began preparations for this event by late 2020 when all LNG-reception tasks were finalised in close coordination with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and OQ gas networks team.” Hashmi explained that, by the end of March 2021, Marafiq has completed 90 per cent of this strategic project in Duqm.