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13 May, 2019

China's Arctech Solar to supply trackers for Petroleum Development Oman's solar IPP

100-megawatt (MW) solar photo-voltaic power plant will be commissioned by end-2019

13 May 2019
Chinese solar tracking technology company Arctech Solar announced on Monday that it has bagged an order to supply 125 megawatt (MW) solar trackers to solar power project in Oman.

The company said in a press statement that the solar power plant, located in southern city of Amin, would supply electricity to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

The value of the order wasn't disclosed.

The plant, scheduled to be commissioned by end of 2019, is the world's first utility-scale solar project with "an oil and gas company as the sole wholesale buyer of electricity," the statement noted.

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It would also be the single-largest tracking system project with bifacial modules in the Middle East to date, the press statement added.

In October last year, Reuters reported thatPDO had awarded the contract for a 100 MW solar photovoltaic independent power producer (IPP) plant to a consortium led by Japan's Marubeni.

In January, Thomson Reuters Projects had reported that PDO would purchase all of the capacity and output of the project through a 23-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Arctech said the Oman plant would be the company's second project in the Middle East, following a solar power plant project in Saudi Arabia.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)


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