Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP), the sultanate’s sole procurer of electricity and water, has invited proposals for developing two solar projects with a combined capacity of around 1.1GW.
In a bid to diversify the energy sources and to reduce dependence on natural gas for the production of electricity, the sultanate has decided to focus on solar power generation.
In a statement posted on its website OPWP said, ‘In line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources through the use of clean energy for power generation and following the procurement of Ibri II solar PV, OPWP is planning to develop the second phase of the solar programme known as Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP with each having a capacity generation between 500MW to 600MW.”
Both the projects will be located at Manah, which is around 150km south west from Muscat. Each project will be developed as a private sector project by appropriately qualified developers. OPWP is announcing the launch of the qualification process for the developers through the request for qualification (RfQ), the statement revealed.
As per the statement on the Oman Power and Water Procurement Co website, documents related to the tender can be purchased till July 29 and the interested parties have time till August 16 to submit their bids.
However, Oman Power and Water Procurement Co clarified, ‘This RfQ is for developers and is not applicable to interested or potential engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contractors.’
Earlier this year, OPWP had announced that the country has set an ambitious goal of covering 30 per cent of its electricity demand with renewable energy projects by 2030.
OPWP, a member of Nama Group, is the single buyer of power and water capacities from all independent power and independent water projects within the sultanate.