Oman's OPWP invites proposals for wind resource assessment study

OPWP had initiated a similar Request for Proposals (RFP) tender in October 2017 for assessment of wind resources

  
Image for illustrative purpose. An employee looks at lifting of the rotor hub on the tower part of an E-70 wind turbine during its installation at a wind farm in Meneslies, Picardie region, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Image for illustrative purpose. An employee looks at lifting of the rotor hub on the tower part of an E-70 wind turbine during its installation at a wind farm in Meneslies, Picardie region, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

20 March 2019
State-owned Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited proposals for carrying out a wind resource assessment at multiple sites in the Gulf country.

The company said in a public invite that the assessment would be used to support the future development of wind power projects in Oman. It said the successful bidder would be required to provide equipment, sensors, installation, ownership, operation and maintenance, data collection and validation services.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) documents can be collected till 3 April 2019 and the last submission date is 20 May 2019.

In October 2017, OPWP has issued a similar wind resource assessment RFP to support the future development of wind power projects in the country with a bid submission deadline of 26 November 2017, according to a Thomson Reuters Projects report in the same month.

Earlier this week, OPWP CEO Yaqoob al Kiyumi told local English language newspaper Oman Daily Observer that OPWP has used satellite data to identify several locations like Sharqiyah, Duqm and Dhofar, where wind resource is considered high, adding that the company would be conducting a wind resource assessment across these locations as a precursor to launching wind power projects.

The report said a wind resource assessment for a 300 megawatt (MW) wind project in Duqm costing $1 billion would be initiated in the third quarter of 2019. The qualification process is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2020 and commercial operation is set for the fourth quarter of 2023.

Oman's and the GCC's first utility-scale wind farm is scheduled to start operations by the third quarter of 2019, according a February press statement by the project's co-developer Masdar. The statement said the 50 MW Dhofar Wind Farm, with Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (RAECO) as the operator and OPWP as the off-taker, is fully funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).

According to OPWP's 7-year statement for 2018-2024, another 150 MW scheme in Dhofar is scheduled for completion in 2023.

(Writing by Sowmya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv .com)


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