October 30 (Renewables Now) - Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has selected a tie-up of international consultants to advise it on an up to 500-MW solar project, touted as the first large-scale photovoltaic (PV) scheme in the Sultanate.
The consortium consists of engineering firm Fichtner, investment banking and advisory services firm Synergy Consulting and law firm DLA Piper, OPWP’s CEO Eng Yaqoob al Kiyumi told the Oman Daily Observer this weekend. The three companies will support OPWP in the preparation of the groundwork and tendering documents for the project and will also help identify a suitable location for the PV complex.
The solar independent power project (IPP) will be developed under the build-own-operate (BOO) model. According to Al Kiyumi, a request for qualifications (RfQ) for the scheme could be launched by the end of the year.
Oman, which is highly dependent on natural gas, aims to source 10% of its total power from renewable energy sources by 2030.