Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) has awarded six contracts worth a total of RO87.9m ($228m) for numerous transmission projects across the sultanate.

OETC signed the agreements with contractors on 21 December.

The largest deal, worth RO21.6m, was awarded to India’s Larsen & Toubro to upgrade the 400kV Misfah grid station. The joint venture of the UAE’s Gulf Jyoti International and India’s Jyoti Construction was awarded a RO18.8m contract to build a 400kV overhead transmission line between the Misfah and Izki grid stations.

The third-largest deal, worth RO18.5m, was awarded to the local Galfar Engineering & Construction to build a new 132/33kV substation at the Sohar Free Zone.

The local Bahwan Engineering Company was awarded a RO17.5m contract to reinforce the current transmission network in Muscat by installing a 132kV linking system between Al-Falaj, Muttrah and Wadi Kabir grid stations.

A joint venture of Spain’s Inabensa and the local Sarooj Group was awarded a RO10.3m deal to build a new 132kV grid station and 132kV overhead transmission line at Al-Dreez.

The final contract, valued at RO1.1m, was awarded to Serbia’s EnergoProjekt to provide consultancy services for schemes that include the design and supervision of a 400kV grid station at the Sohar 3 independent power project (IPP) and a 400kV line connection between the Sohar Free Zone to Mahadha.

The schemes are part of the sultanate’s efforts to upgrade and expand its power generation and electricity networks.

Finland’s Wartsila was recently awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the 120MW Musandam IPP in the northern region of Oman.

The IPP is being developed by Musandam Power Company, a new entity established by a consortium led by Oman Oil Company (OOC) and including South Korea’s LG International Corporation to develop the power plant. The project company will develop the facility under the supervision of Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP).