Sizeable land areas with considerable renewable energy potential have been identified in northern Oman, as revealed during the recent ‘Forum on Sustainable and Low Carbon Aviation Fuel’ hosted by Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). These lands, spanning about 7,830 square kilometers in several governorates, complement the 50,000 square kilometers designated for green hydrogen development in central and southern Oman over the next three decades.
Oman’s commitment to transitioning its energy sector towards renewables and decarbonization was emphasized, aligning with the nation’s goal of reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050. With excellent solar and wind resources, Oman is on track to meet its target of sourcing at least 30% of its electricity from clean energy by 2030.
To support the production of low-emission energy fuels, such as green hydrogen, the country has designated vast areas of land, including Al Jazer, Salalah, and Duqm. These areas are earmarked for green hydrogen development, managed by Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom). Oman plans to increase renewables-based electricity generation by 2030, with various solar and wind projects in the pipeline.
This includes the operation of the 500 MW solar PV project in Ibri and two solar PV schemes under construction in Manah with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW. Three new wind projects are also scheduled for completion by 2027, including a 100 MW wind farm in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, a 200 MW Duqm wind project, and a 200 MW Ras Madrakah scheme. In addition, a 500 MW solar farm in Ibri and a 140 MW Waste-to-Energy plant in Barka are set to be operational by 2028.