Bidding underway for Omani diesel power project

State-owned utility RAECO to build 80MW facility in Musandam Governate

The plant is being built to meet rising electricity demand in Oman's rural areas.
The plant is being built to meet rising electricity demand in Oman's rural areas.

More than half a dozen local power engineering contractors are bidding to win a contract to build an 80 megawatt (MW) diesel power plant in the Omani city of Khasab, according to the Oman Daily Observer.

Technical bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal were opened recently and their evaluation is underway, according to officials from Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO), the Omani utility planning to build the facility.

This will be followed by the evaluation of the corresponding financial offers, with a two-year timeframe specified for the execution of the project upon the announcement of a contract award.

The facility will be the largest diesel-based power plant in the Sultanate and is designed to meet the rising electricity demand in areas that fall outside of Oman’s two principal electricity grids.

At 80MW of generation capacity, it will surpass the 63MW diesel-fired power station in Duqm, which currently ranks among the largest of RAECO’s network of 45 electricity plants operating within its jurisdiction.

RAECO has also floated a competitive tender for an EPC contract linked to the establishment of a 56MW diesel-powered station on Masirah Island in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.

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