9 April 2002 – The Omani government has achieved significant progress in the development of the electricity sector, with 98 per cent of the country gaining access to power by the end of last year, claimed Housing, Electricity and Water Ministry official Eng Abdullah bin Ali bin Daoud at a gathering of power engineers in the country.

The under-secretary made the remarks at an event organised by the ministry in collaborating with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) Company and held the Al Bustan Palace Hotel under the theme “together for a brighter future in Oman.”

He said the progress and prosperity witnessed by the power sector in Oman followed intensive efforts during the past years by the government, which spared no effort to achieve the aspirations of its citizens all over the country.

Eng. Mohammed bin Nasir al Mazrouie from the Ministry said the Ministry had involved the private sector in several projects to develop power services and improve performance. He said the Ministry was currently implementing two power stations in the Wilayat of Al Kamil in the Sharqiyah region where Coal deposits, with reserves of over 122 million tonnes, have been discovered and a power station with a desalination plant in Barka, in the Batinah coast.

Electricity reaches all populated areas, except for some remote mountain villages. There are plans to have a national grid complete by 2002 and eventually to be part of an international grid with the neighbouring Gulf States.