TWO CLOUD IONISATION STATIONS TO COME UP IN SOHAR, DIMA WA AL TAIEN TO BOOST RAINFALL (Muscat Daily)

Oman is planning to build two more cloud ionisation stations to boost rainfall. These stations will come up in the wilayat of Dima Wa al Taien in North Sharqiyah and the wilayat of Sohar in North Batinah.

“We are going to build two additional stations (taking the total to six) – one in Jabal Lahwar in Sohar and the other in Jabal al Buid in Dima Wa al Taien. These two sites witness a lot of summer cloud formation,” said an expert associated with the cloud ionisation project.

This technology which is being used in the sultanate since 2013 to boost rainfall is dependent on the topography of the site where the ion emitters are set up, added the expert. “This technology uses giant ionisers to generate fields of negatively charged ions which are pushed to the higher atmosphere by wind. When charged particles react with the clouds, it results in improved rainfall.”

Oman has witnessed an 18 per cent boost in rainfall since 2013 with the help of this technology, he said. “In 2013, the calculated gross volumetric water generated from rain using this technology was estimated to be about 53,940 megalitres in summer while it was 56,520 megalitres last year.

“The project is a success in Oman. The cost of getting fresh water through desalination process is much higher compared to what is generated through this technology. So, why not use this technology on a wider scale,” the expert said.

Countries like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Mexico also use this technology to boost rainfall. “We will continue this project till 2018 and every year we will build two stations at different locations,” he added.