Oman prequalifies nine groups for Manah solar IPPs

22 Dec 2019
Oman prequalifies nine groups for Manah solar IPPs


The planned Manah 1 and 2 solar projects will each have a capacity of 500-600MW. 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.

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has prequalified nine groups to participate in the tender for two 500-600MW photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects.

After having received prequalification entries from 14 groups in August, OPWP has prequalified nine groups to participate in the upcoming bidding round for the Manah 1 and Manah 2 projects, with the request for proposals (RFP) due to be issued in the first quarter of 2020.

The following nine groups have been prequalified:

• 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.

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. In May this year, a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power signed the final project agreements for the planned 500MW Ibri 2 solar IPP.

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.

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