Oman’s utility scale solar ambitions might yield results soon when the Sultanate launches tenders for its first large-scale solar Independent Power Project (IPP).
The tendering processing for setting up the project is expected to start by the end of this year, according to Yaqoob bin Saif al Kiyumi, CEO of the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) who was quoted by local media.
“We are presently working on the qualification procedures for a big solar project, a Request for Qualifications (RfQ) for which will be issued before the end of this year,” said Al Kiyumi. “This will be a first ‘child’ in renewables, and one of the big projects of its kind in the region.”
The solar project will come in Ibri, Manah or Adam, he said.
No decision has been taken yet on the configuration of the project or its ultimate location, he added.
Oman is also making strides weighing the feasibility of utilising coal for power generation for the first time in the Sultanate. OPWP is eyeing a coal-based scheme of a capacity of roughly 1,800 MW, give or take 600MW, said Al Kiyumi.
“It would definitely have to be done in phases, and we will have to take into consideration the demand growth in that area as well. We wouldn’t want to have surplus capacity concentrated in one location,” said Al Kiyumi.
He said that several locations were being considered for for the coal power plant and that Duqm was one of them.