Wood completes work on Shell’s first solar PV plant in the Middle East

10 Mar 2021

Wood recently completed its role as owner’s engineer on Oman Shell’s first utility-scale, photovoltaic (PV) solar project in the Middle East, designed to cut emissions from industrial activities.

The development will supply renewable electricity to a large ferrochrome production facility, displacing the equivalent gas-fired power generation taken from the grid and saving more than 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The 25MWp Qabas Solar Plant, consisting of more than 80,000 solar panels, is located within the Sohar Freezone in northern Oman.

The landmark project is focused on improving the utilisation, energy efficiency, and carbon intensity of energy production operations, accelerating solar energy development in The Sultanate of Oman and helping to meet growing demand for cleaner, more sustainable energy.

Since 2019, Wood has provided engineering services throughout the pre-construction and construction phases of the project drawing on a wide range of skills and experience including owner’s engineering services, design review, construction phase site planning, and quality inspection and client support services.

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