August 14 (Renewables Now) - Oman’s state-owned Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) is inviting new bids in a tender for the development and construction of hybrid projects combining solar power, diesel generators and storage capacity.
The hybrid power plants will be installed on a build, own, operate and transfer basis (BOOT) at 11 sites. The winners in the tender will get 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). The combined targeted solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is 48 MWp, while the capacity of the diesel generators will be 70 MW in total. Additionally, the project includes energy storage systems with an installed capacity of 28 MW/14 MWh.
Seven companies and consortia have met the financial and technical minimum eligibility requirements (MERs) already. Tanweer last week released a list of developers that covered the criteria partially and said that, following a revision of the pre-qualification criteria, these will be allowed to submit revised bids by September 19, 2019.
According to the updated rules, participation by applicants who did not respond to the EoI will also be allowed.
The following list contains the names of applicants meeting both financial and technical MERs, as released by Tanweer.
- Global Chemical & Maintenance/ibgovt
- Canadian Solar/Bahwan Renewable Energy
The next stage of the competition will be a Request of Proposals (RfP), a date for which has not been set.