Three consortia vying for Oman’s first utility-scale solar project

Muscat - 

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) announced that three international consortia have submitted bids for the development of Oman’s first utility-scale solar independent power project (IPP) at Ibri.

The request for proposals (RfP) tender for the development of 500MW Ibri II Solar IPP was issued in June and bids were received from three bidders on November 12 in response to the RfP, OPWP said in a statement on its website.

‘The bids received reflect 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’, OPWP said.

Earlier in 2017, OPWP had announced the intention to set up the sultanate’s first utility-scale 500MW solar IPP to be located in Ibri. The project will be developed under build, own and operate model by the private sector.

Earlier this year, OPWP had prequalified 12 applicants in response to a request for qualification tender for the development of Ibri II Solar IPP, which initially attracted interests from 28 companies.

According to OPWP, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar), Total Solar, and Jinko Power (HK) Company Ltd joined hands to bid for the project.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation and Alternative Energy Projects Co have formed a consortium to bid for the project. The third group which submitted the bid consists of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation, Oman Gas Company, Qatar-based Nebras Power, and Bahwan Renewable Energy Company.

‘The evaluation of bids is currently underway and OPWP expects to finalise the award of tender by early next year. The project is planned to achieve commercial operation by June 2021’, OPWP added.

The proposed solar power plant is expected to generate enough power to supply 33,000 homes and offset 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

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