Oman to tender 1GW of solar capacity in March
OPWP prequalified nine groups in December to participate in the upcoming bidding round for the 500MW-600MW Manah 1 and Manah 2 projects. Nine international groups have been prequaliifed to participate in the tender.
Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is planning to issue tender documents for two planned 500-600MW photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects in March.
After having received prequalification entries from 14 groups in August, OPWP prequalified nine groups in December last year to participate in the upcoming bidding round for the Manah 1 and Manah 2 projects.
According to sources close to the projects, the client is preparing to issue the request for proposals (RFP) to prequalified groups in March.
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. 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.
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