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TotalEnergies, Veolia ink deal to build 17MWp solar project in Oman

This will provide power to the Sharqiyah Desalination plant.

TotalEnergies and Veolia signed an agreement for the construction of the largest solar photovoltaic project that will supply power to Sharqiyah Desalination plant in the city of Sur in Oman.

In a joint press release, the companies said the solar project which has a 17-megawatt-peak capacity will be the first to be installed in the region and will produce over 30,000 megawatt-hours of power or equivalent to over a third of the desalination plant’s consumption.

Sharqiyah Desalination plant supplies drinking water to over 600,000 inhabitants of the Sharqiyah region.

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The project, which will cover an area of 130,000 square metres, will also help avoid close to 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. 

Over 32,000 high-efficiency will be installed for the plant which will use an innovative East-West tracker system to increase energy production, they said.

The project is also in line with the country’s National Energy Strategy to convert 30% of its electricity use to renewable sources by 2030.

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