Eleven firms show interest in Oman power projects
Tender to build and operate two plants with combined 2,650MW capacity
As many as 11 international firms and consortiums are considering bids to build two major power plants in Oman.
Statements of Qualifications (SoQ) from all 11 applicants were submitted to Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) by last Sunday’s (3 August) deadline for interested developers to furnish their credentials.
The list contains some international heavyweights including consortiums led by CHD Power Plant Operational Co Ltd, General Electric, Mapna Group, Mitsubishi Corporation and Sembcorp Utilities Pte.
EDF International, GDF Suez, Korea Electric Power Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Mitsui & Co Ltd and Sojitz Corporation are also in the reckoning.
The successful bidder will secure a licence to develop, finance, design, engineer, construct, own, operate and maintain a pair of Independent Power Projects (IPP) with a combined capacity of 2,650 megawatts (MW) planned at two different locations in the northern half of the Sultanate.
A greenfield inland site in Ibri in Dhahirah Governorate, as well as a coastal site within Sohar Port and Freezone, are being considered for the establishment of the power plants.
With power demand growing annually at the rate of around 9%, OPWP is keen for the new capacity to be fully commissioned and brought into operation by 1 April, 2018.
However, around 700 MW of early power capacity is required to be made available before 1 April, 2017.
According to OPWP, the split of power capacities between the two sites and the choice of technologies to be used for delivering the required capacities will be determined by the bidders, subject to the constraints that will be identified in the Request for Proposals (RFP).
It is expected that these constraints will include a requirement that “Early Power” capacity is to be provided at the Ibri site only.
With their combined electricity generation capacity of 2,650 MW, they plants together represent the single largest procurement planned to date in the Sultanate’s modern history.