Oman’s OETC completes first phase of Rabt interconnection project

Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), a member of Nama Group and Oman’s high voltage grid developer, has completed of Phase 1 of its North-South Interconnection Project (Rabt).

This initiative, aimed at integrating Oman’s disparate grids into one cohesive national network, has reached a significant milestone. The first phase, which spanned 670 km and included five major grid stations (at Nihada, Barik, Suwaihat, Al Duqm and Mahout) interconnected by overhead transmission lines, now operates at voltages of up to 400 kV. With this, the country’s main interconnected system serving the northern part of Oman’s grid, now extends from Nihada in Al Dhahirah Governorate to Duqm Special Economic Zone in Al Wusta Governorate. Further, under this phase the isolated networks of Petroleum Development Oman and Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) in Duqm SEZ have been interconnected. With a total investment of approximately OMR372 million, the completion of Phase 1 sets the stage for the second phase, scheduled to launch in 2023. This upcoming phase will extend 400 kV transmission lines from Duqm further south, covering a distance of about 502 km to link up with the existing Dhofar System.