Oil and gas giant Shell is continuing its foray into clean energy by partnering with a major port and free zone in Oman to set up several distributed generation solar power projects and replace gas in powering local businesses.
According to PV-Tech news, SOHAR Port and Freezone signed a 600-hectare land lease agreement with Shell Development Oman (SDO) to set up commercial and industrial (C&I) solar plants in the range of 10-40MW in capacity. An initial 25MW PV project will be used to directly power smelting company Al Tamman Indsil Ferrochrome LLC. Oman is a major exporter of Chromite Ore.
Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone said: “Sustainability is one of our key values in driving development at SOHAR and this partnership with Shell will create solar-powered solutions that are the first-of-its-kind in the country. This also marks an incredible milestone and the first step in our proactive long-term programme, that we have already begun implementing, to transform our 4,500-hectare development into a ‘green Freezone’. We hope that the changes we are implementing today will encourage current clients and future investors to adopt cleaner technologies and sustainable practices tomorrow.”
SOHAR is a deep-sea port and free zone managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.
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Date: Apr 28, 2019 @ 09:15
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