OPWP to invite bids for $1.5bn power project in Q3

3,500MW project to be Oman's biggest independent power project (IPP)

The project will be the biggest independent power project in Oman.
The project will be the biggest independent power project in Oman.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) plans to float a request for qualifications (RfQ) by the third quarter of this year for companies interested in building a $1.5bn (OMR 577.5M) proposed power project, chief executive officer of OPWP Ahmed al Jahdhami has revealed.

The 3,000-3,500 megawatt (MW) project will be Oman’s biggest independent power project (IPP) and significantly ramp up generation capacity within Oman’s Main Interconnected System (MIS).

Speaking to the Muscat Daily on the sidelines of the Oman Construction Summit at the Crowne Plaza Muscat, Jahdhami said: “We expect to float the RfQ for this project around the second or third quarter. We expect the investment to exceed $1.5bn.

“We are looking at two to three locations and coordinating with government entities to finalise the locations for this project. This will require coordination with Oman Electricity Transmission Co and Oman Gas Co to find the best locations in order to minimise infrastructure requirements,” said Jahdhami.

He said the project could be split between one or two locations and is proposed to be implemented during the 2017-2018.

“The project will have an electricity generation capacity of around 3,000MW-3,500MW. Part of the capacity will be ready in 2017 and full capacity will be achieved by 2018,” Jahdhami added.

On the upcoming Salalah IPP, Jahdhami said that OPWP had received qualifications from developers of the project and shortlisting of the companies would be conducted soon.

Organised by Global Exhibitions and Conferences LLC (GEC) and IQPC, the two-day Oman Construction Summit focused on exploring and reviewing ongoing construction projects and investment opportunities.

OPWP is the sole purchaser of power generation and related desalinated water capacity in Oman.

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