16 July 2019
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the sole procurer of power and water in Oman, has floated Request for Qualification (RFQ) tenders for developing two solar independent power projects (IPPs).
"In line with Oman's vision to diversify fuel sources through the use of clean energy for power generation and following the procurement of Ibri II solar PV (photovoltaic) project, OPWP is planning to launch its second phase of the solar programme known as Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP, each having a capacity between 500 MW to 600 MW", a public notice said.
The projects would be located at Manah, around 150 kilometres south-west of capital Muscat, the notice said.
The OPWP notice said the RFQ documents are available till 29 July 2019 and the last submission date is 26 August 2019.
In April, local English language newspaper Oman Daily Observer had reported that Solar IPP 2022, the country's second solar IPP, would be likely built in Manah.
OPWP's seven-year statement for 2019-2025 had said the RFP would be floated in the fourth quarter of 2019 with bids due in the second quarter of 2020. Contract award is anticipated in the third quarter of 2020 and commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.
In March, OPWP had awarded the contract for developing the $400 million Ibri II solar IPP, the nation's first utility scale solar project, to a consortium comprising of Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Kuwait-based firms Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects (AEP).
(Writing by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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