OPWP issues RfP for 1 GW of solar projects in Oman

27 Jul 2020

The Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) Company has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) to 9 international consortiums and developers that were pre-qualified to take part to a July 2019 tender for two solar Independent Power Projects (IPPs) in Oman, namely Manah Solar I and Manah Solar II. The projects will each have a minimum power generation capacity of 500 MW (combined capacity of at least 1 GW) and are expected to start operations in the summer of 2023.

The short-listed companies include ACWA Power, Marubeni, Total, Power Construction Corporation of China, Jinko Power, a consortium of Masdar and EDF Renewables, a consortium of Eni and SB Energy, a consortium of Korea Western Power (KOWEPO), Hanyang Corporation, Solar Reserve and Nafath Renewable Energy, and a consortium of Tag Energy and Al Shanfari Group.

Oman aims at generating 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In March 2019, a consortium of ACWA Power, Kuwait's Gulf Investment Corporation and Alternative Energy Projects Company won a US$400m bid to build the 500 MW Ibri-2 solar project for OPWP. The project will be developed under the IPP model and will start commercial operations in the summer 2021. It will sell its power generation to OPWP under a 15-year contract.

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