Oman launches tender for 500 MW solar plant

The Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to select developers interested in building a 500 MW solar PV project in Oman.

The project, which will be the country’s first large utility-scale PV independent power project (IPP), will be located in Ibri, around 300 km west from Muscat, and will be built at an estimated cost of around $500 million.

OPWP said the RFQ is formally available for purchase until January 18, and that interested developers will have to submit their requests for qualification by February 22.

The feasibility study for the huge solar park was finalized by the OPWP in late October. The facility will be connected to the Main Interconnected System in Oman (MIS).

In its Seven-Year Statement for the period 2017-2013, the Nana Group subsidiary said it expects the tendered solar project to be awarded in the third quarter of 2018, and that the facility will come online in 2020.

The RfP for the project will be issued in the first quarter of 2018, while the submission of bids will have to be done in the second quarter of next year.

In the document, the OPWP also said it is planning to tender and build further solar plants up to 2024. All of these projects are part of the Oman’s government plan to add around 4 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2030.

This target is also expected to be reached through the new regulation for rooftop PV, which was announced in May.