TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to start constructing the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system providing power for a desalination plant in Oman, in the city of Sur. The power plant will be located on the site of the Sharqiyah Desalination plant, which is a reference in Oman and the Gulf region, supplying drinking water to more than 600,000 inhabitants of the Sharqiyah region.
This 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar project will be the first of its kind to be installed in the region. It produces over 30,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green electricity annually, or more than a third of the desalination plant’s daily consumption, enabling it to avoid nearly 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
This is in line with Oman’s National Energy Strategy to convert 30% of its electricity to renewable sources by 2030. The plant will have more than 32,000 high-efficiency solar panels and use an innovative East-West tracker system to increase energy production. It will cover an area of 130,000 square metres, equivalent to approximately 18 football pitches.
“At Veolia, we are committed to bring the ecological transformation in the water sector for our clients and for our own assets. We’re happy to launch the construction of the solar plant on our desalination unit in the city of Sur, to be able to power it with the green electricity while drastically reducing its carbon footprint, Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia said. As one of the key players of Oman’s water sector, Veolia is fully committed to supporting Oman’s Vision 2040 sustainability objectives for the Sultanate’s communities and industries and our solar project with TotalEnergies goes in this direction.”
“This project is in line with our strategy to develop renewable energy in the Middle East and provide our customers with clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions. We are committed to helping Veolia decarbonise its operations, building on our strong track record of deploying renewable energy solutions at highly technical and complex sites. As a global multi-energy company, our goal is to contribute to the development of renewables in Oman and its region,” said Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice President Renewables at TotalEnergies.
Veolia is deploying solutions to optimise the energy efficiency of its desalination activities, including its Sharqiyah Desalination plant. In partnership with TotalEnergies, the Group has decided to take a further step towards green transformation by using renewable energy to power the plant instead of fossil fuels.
TotalEnergies aims to assist producing countries in building a more sustainable future through better use of the country’s natural resources, including solar energy, which will directly improve the accessibility of cleaner, more reliable and affordable electricity. The Company is leveraging its leadership position in the region to develop large-scale solar projects in Qatar, Iraq and Libya. These projects illustrate the sustainable development model of TotalEnergies, a global multi-energy company that supports producing countries in their energy transition.
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