OPWP shortlists 12 bidders for 500MW solar independent power project

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Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) has shortlisted 12 international companies and consortia for the development of Oman’s first utility-scale 500MW solar independent power project (IPP) to be located in Ibri.

In a statement on its website, OPWP announced that it has prequalified 12 applicants in response to a request for qualification (RfQ) tender for the development of Ibri II Solar IPP which attracted interests from 28 companies in February.

In line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources through the use of clean energy for power generation, OPWP announced in December 2017 the launch of the first large utility-scale solar IPP in Oman. The company had said that the estimated cost of the project would be around US$500mn.

‘The high number of applicants reflects the continued interest and trust in Oman’s power sector which sets fairness, transparency and economic purchase as key pillars of its structure and framework’, the OPWP statement said.

Among the companies and consortiums which have been prequalified are: Consortium of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Total Solar; consortium of BP Alternative Energy Investments, Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments and Chint New Energy Development; consortium of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Korea Electric Power; ACWA Power; International Power; consortium of GCL New Energy International and Alfanar Co; consortium of Hanwha Energy and Hanwha Q CELLS; Marubeni Corporation; Mitsui & Co; Sumitomo Corporation; X-ELIO Energy; and consortium of Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uretim A and Abengoa Energa.

OPWP said it is currently working to finalise the request for proposals, which will soon be issued to the prequalified applicants upon receipt of the relevant approvals.

It is planned that the tender for the project will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the project is to be commercially operational by early 2021. The plant output of Ibri II Solar IPP will be sufficient to supply an estimated 33,000 homes with electricity and offset 340,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

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