RFP amended for Oman's 1.2GW Manah PV solar projects

28 Apr 2022
RFP amended for Oman's 1.2GW Manah PV solar projects

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has amended the request for proposal (RFP) for the planned Manah 1 and 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects, which will each have a capacity of 500-600MW

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has amended the request for proposal (RFP) for the planned Manah 1 and 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects, which will each have a capacity of 500-600MW.

According to sources close to the project, the changes to the RFP are to do with some changes to the site – however, the planned capacities will remain 500-600MW for each project. OPWP has stipulated that each project will be awarded to a separate bidder

The Manah 1 and 2 PV IPPs have both faced a number of delays in the tendering phase, with the scheme originally having been tendered in July 2020.

Energy & Utilities reported in October 2021 that bid submission for the project was likely in 2022. Following the revisions to the RFP, the client has set a new bid submission date in the third week of July.

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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