Oman shortlists 12 applicants in 500-MW solar RfQ

Sunset in Oman. Author: Julien André Eilert.

May 1 (Renewables Now) - The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has prequalified 12 companies and consortia in response to a request for qualifications (RfQ) for a 500-MW solar project, it said on Sunday.

Through the competitive selection, Oman is seeking a developer for the Ibri II solar independent power project (IPP), the investment in which is estimated at USD 500 million (EUR 414.3m). It opened the RfQ in December 2017 and got a total of 28 applications by the deadline in February.

The following table contains the names of all prequalified bidders (in alphabetical order).

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co PJSC (Masadar)/Total Solar Hanwha Energy Corp/Hanwha Q CELLS Corp
BP Alternative Energy Investments Ltd/ Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Ltd/Chint New Energy Development (Zhejiang) Co Marubeni Corp
EDF Energies Nouvelles/Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) Mitsui & Co Ltd
International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power) Sumitomo Corp
International Power SA (IPSA) X-ELIO Energy SL
GCL New Energy International Limited/Alfanar Company  Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uretim A/Abengoa Energa SA

Shortlisted applications will take part in a Request for Proposals (RfP), which will be issued soon.

OPWP previously said the project is to be awarded late in 2018 and it will be developed under the build-own-operate (BOO) model. The solar power plant in Ibri is set to be up and running in early 2021.

According to the state-owned utility, the high number of accepted applications reflects “the continued interest and trust in the Oman power sector.”

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.829)

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