APSR Media Meeting: Over 676,000 smart meters installed in power sector

APSR holds annual media meeting at the OMAN Convention and Exhibition Centre

Muscat: The Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR) holds media meeting to review what was accomplished during the year 2023 and the performance of companies operating the sectors of electricity, water, sanitation, gas and waste transportation, and reveals upcoming initiatives and projects.

His Excellency the Chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Authority: Over the past year, the Authority witnessed the achievement of many achievements that culminated in the issuance of the Supreme Royal Decree for the Water and Sanitation Regulation Law, which worked to create a legislative system and clear policies.

His Excellency: Residential and non-residential connection fees have been reduced by more than 70%, based on the royal directives to reduce them. To provide social protection.

His Excellency: The actual reading rates in the electricity sector increased to 97%, and in the water sector to 75%, and the working days required to deliver the service to subscribers in these two sectors were reduced.

His Excellency: The number of smart meters in the electricity sector that have been installed so far more than 676,000 smart meters, and in the water sector 332,000 smart meters.

His Excellency: The total work assigned to small and medium enterprises in the electricity sector amounted to 22 million Omani riyals, 40 million Omani riyals in the water and sanitation sector, and RO 11 million in the natural gas transportation sector.

The Public Services Regulatory Authority launches 4 new initiatives, aiming to improve the quality of services provided to subscribers, enhance energy efficiency, and accommodate the increasing demand for electricity and water services.

The first initiative: direct compensation to electricity service subscribers in accordance with the standards for ensuring approved service quality levels, as subscribers will be able to obtain direct compensation in the event that the operating companies do not comply with these standards.

The second initiative: Announcing 5 new stations to produce electricity with wind energy, which are: “#Dhofar 2” station with a capacity of 132 MW, Sadah station with a capacity of 99 MW, #Duqm station with a capacity of 270 MW, Mahout station with a capacity of 400 MW, and Jaalan Bani Bu Ali station. With a capacity of 105 MW.

The third initiative: The direct sales project in the electricity market in the Sultanate of Oman, which aims to attract investments, simplify the purchasing process, and increase transparency between the consumer and the electricity generation plants.

The fourth initiative: The home wastewater treatment plants project aims to attract the pace of coverage of sanitation services in the Sultanate of Oman, and reduce the capital and operational costs of wastewater network and station projects.

The Authority: The merger of electricity sector companies contributed to developing the service, raising efficiency, reducing costs, maximizing financial performance, and increasing investments in the sector.

The Authority: The new stations for producing electricity with wind energy will work to raise the contribution of renewable energy in the Sultanate of Oman to 30% of the total electrical energy production in 2030, and to increase investment in energy production from alternative sources.

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