The first phase of the Rabt Transmission project is complete as part of the North-South Interconnection Project. The country’s power Transmission System Operator (TSO) has completed the first phase and now seeks to start on the second. The company has worked in conjunction with The Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OTEC). The aim of the Rabt Transmission project is to implement an integrated national network in Oman. This will be done by linking the two standalone grids in the North and South of Oman. The first phase of the Rabt Transmission project includes the installation of transmission lines operating at voltages of 400kV. The completed phase also consists of 670km of overhead transmission lines. The first phase also includes five major grid stations installed across the country. The budget of the project is estimated at $966 Million.
The achievement of the Rabt Transmission project phase comes with resounding approval and progress in Oman’s power distribution. The Main Interconnected System (MIS), which serves North Oman now extends to Al Wusta Governorate. This covers up to Duqm Special Economic Zone from Nilhada in Al Dhahirah. The second phase will also consist in 400kV transmission lines. This will run from Duqm which covers about 502 km. The Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) has also been linked as part of this phase.
The Rabt Transmission Project Holds a Strategic Importance in Improving Oman’s Power Transmission
The second phase of the Rabt Transmission project is set to launch before the end of this year. This project will enhance Oman’s national grid and power supply. The benefits of the interconnection grid hold an important strategic importance. This includes security of supply and improved energy efficiency as other advantages the national interconnection grid will provide. The Rabt Transmission project will also open up vast areas for future green energy projects. This includes advancements in projects such as solar energy and wind energy. The interconnection project will also enhance power supply to PDO areas. This will reduce their reliance on gas-fired power generation.