29 November, 2018

Oman invites consultancy bids for second solar IPP

Consortiums have been prequalified for constructing the Sultanate’s first solar IPP

Image used for illustrative purpose. Solar panels are seen at a power plant in Amareleja

Image used for illustrative purpose. Solar panels are seen at a power plant in Amareleja

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29 November 2018
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has sought consultants for its second utility scale solar photovoltaic Independent Power Project (IPP).

OPWP has floated two separate requests for proposals (RFP) for providing commercial and financial consultancy services, and legal consultancy services for the country's second solar IPP named Solar 2022 IPP.

It will have a capacity of 500-1000 megawatts (MW) and would be connected to the country's Main Interconnection System (MIS), according to a public notice.


Documents are available until 12 December 2018.

January 7, 2018 is the last submission date for commercial and financial consultancy bids while January 8, 2018 is the deadline for submitting legal consultancy bids, said the notice.

Last month, local English language newspaper Muscat Daily reported that Solar 2022 IPP is part of a series of renewable energy projects totaling 2,600 MW that Oman hopes to have in place by 2025 to diverse its power generation mix.

Earlier this month, OPWP had announced that it had prequalified three consortiums for the country's first solar IPP with the award date set for early next year and commercial operation expected by June 2021.

(Writing by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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