Sterling & Wilson Becomes 1st Indian Company to Commission Solar Project in Oman

Adding another feather in its cap, Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd, one of the largest solar EPC solutions providers worldwide, commissioned its first 125 MW solar energy project in Oman and become the first Indian company to commission a photovoltaic (PV) project in the region.

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Commenting on the landmark achievement, Bikesh Ogra, Director and Global CEO of Sterling and Wilson Solar, said that “this is one of the most prestigious projects for Sterling and Wilson Solar. We are delighted to commission the Amin Solar PV Power Plant in Oman and to be working with a competent player such as Amin Renewable Energy Company. Being a dominant player in the Middle East, this project marks our entry in the Oman market, which supports the government’s vision for a clean and sustainable future.”

The Shapoorji Pallonji Group company had received the solar PV project from Amin Renewable Energy Company SAOC. Moreover, this Amin Solar PV project is supported by the Japanese-Omani consortium designed by Marubeni Corporation, Oman Gas Company S.A.O.C., Bahwan Renewable Energy Company LLC and Nebras Power.

Significantly, this is Oman’s first renewables-based Independent Power Project and is also the biggest single-unit solar park in the world using bifacial modules. Moreover, it generates less heat and can withstand the desert’s temperature fluctuations.

“SWSL constantly emphasizes on customer centricity, implementation and delivery excellence which has assisted us to make inroads in strategically situated markets that have favorable solar power procedures and high solar properties,” Ogra added.

Due to the extreme rocky ground conditions of the project which is located in the Sultanate of Oman, approximately 210 km northeast of Thumrait, the company has deployed 165 numbers of earthmoving machinery at site to excavate 100 km cable trench in a limited time frame.

Meanwhile, the company has commissioned a series of high-performing solar power projects globally and has to its credit around 9.2 GWp projects in various geographies. This portfolio includes a 1,177 MWp solar project in Abu Dhabi – one of the world’s largest single-location solar PV plants. It also manages a portfolio of 7.4 GWp of operations and maintenance (O&M) projects globally.

Buoyed by the development, shares of Sterling and Wilson Solar closed at Rs 152.95 apiece, up 4.98 per cent, from the previous close on the exchange.

In November 2019, the company had won the prestigious ‘Renewable Company of the Year’ award in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region at the MEED 2019 Awards.

In 2018 also, it had secured the ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year’ award at the same event. The Award aimed to recognise business excellence among organizations contributing to the diversification of the non-oil sector in the GCC market.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.