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TotalEnergies expands solar sector in Oman and Angola


Aerial photo of Sharqiyah desalination plant in Oman Photo: Veolia
The Sharqiyah desalination plant in Oman where the new solar power plant will be built

Photo: Veolia

TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to start construction of what they claim is the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system providing power for a desalination plant in the city of Sur, Oman.

The power plant will be located on the site of the Sharqiyah desalination plant, supplying drinking water to more than 600,000 inhabitants of the Sharqiyah region.


The 17 MW peak solar project is expected to produce over 30,000 MWh/y of green electricity, or more than a third of the desalination plant’s daily consumption. An estimated 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided as a result.


Supporting Oman’s National Energy Strategy to convert 30% of its electricity use to renewable sources by 2030, the plant will be equipped with more than 32,000 high-efficiency solar panels and will use an innovative East-West tracker system to increase energy production.


Green light for Angolan solar plant
Alongside partners Sonangol and Greentech, TotalEnergies has also been awarded the concession for construction of the Quilemba PV plant in Angola, with initial capacity of 35 MW and the possibility of adding 45 MW in a second phase.


The plant will be located in the southern city of Lubango and is expected onstream at the end of 2023. It will contribute to the decarbonisation of Angola’s energy mix and through a fixed-price power purchase agreement, deliver significant savings for the Angolan government compared to the fuel used in existing power plants, says TotalEnergies.