Transmission firm OETC and one of four local distribution grid operators will be first to be partially privatized in a bid to inject capital and technology in Oman’s power sector. “Big players” are sought with officials valuing the assets at over $3bn. This looks highly optimistic.

Oman state firm Nama Holding, which oversees the sultanate’s electricity and desalination assets, has received 25 expressions of interest from international investors for stakes in...