Oman’s Sohar Power Company (SPC) is considering boosting the output capacity of its Sohar independent water and power plant (IWPP), the company’s chief executive says.

The company is considering a number of projects at the plant, Arnaud de Limburg told MEED’s Arabian Power & Water Summit in Abu Dhabi on 31 March.

The plant currently has a capacity of 585MW in power and 150,000 cubic metres per day of desalinated water.

Among the options SPC is considering is a 10-13MW boost to the plant’s output by using higher efficiency blades manufactured by Germany’s Siemens, de Limburg says.

The Sohar IWPP was commissioned in May 2007 and is owned and operated by France’s GDF-Suez, the local Sogex Oman Company, the local WJ Towell Company, the local Zubair Corporation and the local Ministry of Defense Pension Fund.

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company is currently tendering the development of a second power facility at Sohar. The Sohar 2 independent power project will have a capacity of 650-750MW of power.