Oman has extended the commercial bid submission deadline for its hybrid solar-diesel independent power plant (IPP) project to the first week of October 2020, according to a source close to the project.

The project, promoted by Tanweer (earlier known as Rural Area Electricity Company), involves the development of hybrid solar photovoltaic-diesel power plants at 11 sites across Oman.

"The tender for the contract to develop hybrid solar-diesel IPP project was issued on 16 March 2020 with bids submission deadline of 27 July, which was extended to August 17 and subsequently to the first week of October," the source told Zawya Projects, adding that the project completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2023.

Seven consortiums and five standalone bidders prequalified for the project, according to a April 2020 report by Zawya Projects.

Bahwan Engineering Company, Altaaqa Global, Jinko Solar, Alawi Tunsi & Bros Co, Alfanar and Aggreko have been shortlisted for the project's engineering, procurement and construction contract, the source added.

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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