Oman reveals pre-qualified developers for 500 MW solar tender

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The Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has published a list of the 12 developers, which have pre-qualified for the final phase of the 500 MW solar tender it launched in late December.

Included in the list are single bidders, such as Spanish solar developer, X-ELIO Energy, S.L.; Japanese industrial conglomerate, Marubeni Corporation; Japan’s trading company, Mitsui & Co., Ltd; Japan-based trading and investment business conglomerate, Marubeni; Saudi power and water utility, ACWA Power; International Power S.A. (IPSA), which is a unit of French energy giant Engie; and Hanwha Q Cells Corporation.

The list also includes consortia formed by the UAE solar developer, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masadar) and Total Solar, the PV unit of French oil company, Total; France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO); U.K.-based BP Alternative Energy Investments Limited, Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Limited and China’s Chint New Energy Development (Zhejiang) Co.; Chinese developer, GCL New Energy International Limited and Saudi conglomerate Alfanar Company; and Turkey’s Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uretim A. and Spanish renewable energy company, Abengoa Energa, S.A.

The list of all 28 applicants was released in early March. The OPWP is now working to finalise the related Request for Proposals (RfP).

The US$500 million solar PV park will be developed as an independent power project (IPP), and will be located in Ibri, around 300 km west of Muscat. The feasibility study for the huge solar park was finalized by the OPWP in late October.