23 May 2021
Client has notified bidders that a further extension will be granted for the Manah 1 and 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar IPP projects, which will each have a capacity of 500-600MW
Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is to grant a bid extension for commercial proposals for the planned Manah 1 and 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects, which will each have a capacity of 500-600MW.
OPWP had previously extended the bid deadline to 25 May for commercial bids, with an extension having been granted from 15 March. According to sources close to the scheme, bidders have been informed there will be a further extension and the client will notify them of the date in due course.
The client issued the request for proposals (RFP) for the planned Manah 1 and 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects in July 2020. OPWP has stipulated that each project will be awarded to a separate bidder.
According to sources close to the project, groups have already submitted technical proposals for the project.
OPWP prequalified nine international consortiums to prequalify for the 500-600MW Manah 1 and Manah 2 PV IPPs in December 2019.
The following nine groups were prequalified to participate in the tender process for the Manah 1 and 2 IPP projects:
• Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), EDF Renewables (France)
• Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia)
• Eni (Italy), SB Energy (Japan)
• Jinko Power (China)
• Korea Western Power Company (South Korea), Hanyang Corporation (South Korea), Solar Reserve (US), Nafath Renewable Energy (Oman)
• Marubeni Corporation (Japan)
• Power Construction Corporation of China
• Tag Energy, Al-Shanfari Group (Oman)
• Total Solar International (France)
The PV solar plants will be developed at Manah, 150km southwest of the capital Muscat. US/Indian Synergy Consulting has been appointed as financial adviser by OPWP, with DLA Piper providing legal advisory services and Germany's Fichtner providing technical advisory services.
Oman's government is planning for renewable energy to contribute 10 per cent of the country's total generating capacity in the main interconnected system by 2025.
The first 500MW is due to come online in 2022. A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power is developing the Ibri 2 IPP project, having signed the final project agreements in May last year.
The solar farm will consist of 727,849 bifacial solar PV panels modules mounted on single-axis trackers arranged in multiple rows. The project will utilise 3,204 inverters and two 220MVA transformers.
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