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06/11/2023 Press release

Veolia and TotalEnergies power Oman's largest solar farm for desalination plant

Veolia, in collaboration with its partners, has officially launched a 17-megawatt peak (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, providing green energy to power the Sharqiyah Desalination Plant in Sur, Oman.

Developed in partnership between Veolia and TotalEnergies, the solar plant is a significant step toward decarbonization efforts in the region, as it is expected to reduce approximately 16,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

With an annual capacity exceeding 32,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean electricity, the project represents the largest solar system implemented for a desalination facility in Oman and will cover 30% of the plant’s annual energy needs.

H.E. Eng. Salim bin Nasser Al-Aufi, Oman’s Minister of Energy and Minerals, praised the solar photovoltaic facility, emphasizing its role in supporting clean drinking water for over 600,000 residents in the Sharqiyah region. He highlighted its alignment with global efforts toward energy transition for a net-zero world and its contribution to water security in Oman. The project is in line with Oman’s National Energy Strategy, aiming to derive 30% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as part of Oman Vision 2040.

The inauguration event was attended by senior management from Veolia and TotalEnergies, as well as government officials and representatives from the Sharqiyah Desalination Company SAOG (SDC) and the Nama Power and Water Procurement Company (NPWP).