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Oman has extended the commercial bid submission deadline for its hybrid solar-diesel independent power plant project to the first week of October 2020, a source close to the project stated to ZAWYA.
Earlier known as Rural Area Electricity Company was promoted by Tanweer which involved the development of hybrid solar photovoltaic-diesel power plants at 11 sites across Oman.
“The tender for the contract to develop hybrid solar-diesel IPP project was issued on 16 March 2020 with bids submission deadline of 27 July, which was extended to August 17 and subsequently to the first week of October,” the source said to Zawya Projects, adding that the project completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2023.
According to a report by Zawya Projects, Seven consortiums and five standalone bidders were prequalified for this project.
The source added that Bahwan Engineering Company, Altaaqa Global, Jinko Solar, Alawi Tunsi & Bros Co, Alfanar and Aggreko have been shortlisted for the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contract.
Recently we have reported that Oman’s largest solar power plant is likely to be up and running by the middle of next year.
Located in Al-Dhahirah Governorate, Ibri 2 PV IPP contains approximately 1.4 million solar panels and extends over an area of 13 million sqCuare meters. The 500 MW project is deemed to be Oman’s largest utility-scale solar PV Independent Power Project. At peak generation capacity, the plant output will be enough to supply an estimated 33,000 homes with electricity and will offset 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.The solar power plant costs about $400 million.
Named Oman Ibri II power plant, the project is being developed by ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects Company with a funding ratio of 70:30.