Oman to tender 1 GW of solar capacity in March
Manah, Oman: Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is planning to issue tender documents for two planned 500-600 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power producer (IPP) projects in March.
After having received prequalification entries from 14 groups, 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 / EDF Renewables, Acwa Power, Eni / SB Energy, Jinko Power, Korea Western Power Company / Hanyang Corporation / Solar Reserve / Nafath Renewable Energy, Marubeni Corporation, Power Construction Corporation of China, Tag Energy / Al-Shanfari Group, and Total Solar International.
The PV solar plants will be developed at Manah, 150 km southwest of the capital Muscat.
The first 500 MW 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 2019.
Source: Energy and Utilities