In a release issued today, Mumbai-based Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited (SWSL), one of the largest solar EPC solutions providers globally, has announced the commissioning of its second project in Oman. The 25 MW solar project was awarded to SWSL by global energy company Shell.
“SWSL commissioned this project on time with more than 300,000 safe manhours during the pandemic by following all the necessary safety protocols and measures set by the local authorities,” read the company statement.
Bikesh Ogra, director and global chief executive officer, Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited, said, “Oman is experiencing a rapid rise in domestic energy demand as more urbanized populations are consuming greater amounts of power. The country wants to expand its electricity generation capacities through renewable independent power projects and aims to derive 30% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
“It gives us immense pride to commission our second project in Oman during such difficult times. We feel honored to have the opportunity to support Shell and contribute to Oman’s journey of a clean and sustainable future.”
The project, located on a 50-hectare site within Sohar Freezone, will save 25,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, thus reducing the dependency on natural gas resources and unlocking large-scale solar opportunities for the country.
Previous Oman project
Last year, SWSL became the first Indian company to commission a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Oman. The Amin Solar Project, with an installed capacity of 125 MWp, is Oman’s first renewables-based independent power project. It was also claimed to be the biggest single-unit solar park in the world to use bifacial modules.
The project—commissioned for Amin Renewable Energy Company—was supported by the Japanese-Omani consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, Oman Gas Company, Bahwan Renewable Energy Company, and Nebras Power.
Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited has a solar portfolio of more than 10.6 GWp (including commissioned and under-construction projects) in various geographies. This portfolio includes a 1,177 MWp solar PV plant in Abu Dhabi—the world’s largest single-site solar plant. The company also manages an 8 GWp portfolio of operation and maintenance projects globally.
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