Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021
Oman is set to launch preparations for another solar project with a capacity of 500MW to 1,000MW. Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for technical consultancy service for the development of the Solar 2022 Independent Power Project (IPP).

OPWP announces second solar energy project with a 500MW-1,000MW capacity

The sultanate’s very first utility scale 500MW solar photovoltaic (PV) IPP, to come up in Ibri, is getting created with RfP currently issued to 12 international businesses and anticipated to be commercially operational by 2021.

In line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources for energy generation and following the ongoing procurement of the very first big utility scale PV IPP in Oman, OPWP stated, “We would now like to initiate the process for the second utility scale solar power project to be connected to the Main Interconnected System in Oman with a capacity between 500MW-1,000MW, known as Solar 2022 IPP.”

OPWP is now searching for proposals from interested bidders to supply Technical Consultancy Services for the improvement of the project and to advise on the competitive tendering of the project. The tender documents are obtainable till October 15.

This is amongst a series of renewable power (RE) IPP projects that are planned to attain the government’s target of ten per cent RE share of electrical energy generation by 2025. OPWP’s RE improvement strategy at present comprises solar, wind and waste-to-power projects. OPWP plans to procure much more than two,600MW of RE IPPs by 2025.

The new capacity in solar energy consists of 3 big-scale solar PV schemes each and every of about 500MW capacity or much more. For now, they are referred to as Solar IPP 2022, Solar IPP 2023 and Solar IPP 2024, indicating that they are slated to come on stream in the years 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively.

According to OPWP, the areas and sort of RE projects will rely on approval of transmission projects and web site allocations. OPWP expects to adapt the RE improvement strategy as web site acquisition and transmission developments are authorized and confirmed.

“We strategy successive annual tenders of 500MW, whereas the certain solar generation technologies might differ amongst the tenders. The
qualification procedure for the second tender will commence in Q4 2018, topic to confirmation of web site access from the Ministry of Housing,” the organization stated in its seven year statement for 2018-24.

“Future solar tenders may be for larger installed capacity levels than 500MW, depending on OPWP market assessments.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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