Only France’s EDF submitted a bid for the aggregated hybrid programme, which is being overseen by Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer).
The tender was issued in March, with bids due in June later the bid deadline was extended to mid-October to allow prospective bidders more time to work on proposals for the project, worth $175m.
The 11 sites are expected to have a solar component of 48MW with 70MW diesel component. Tanweer is planning for the plants to have a storage capacity of 28MW, which will provide up to 14MWh (MW hours) of storage.
Previously Tanweer stated that while the sites have been tendered together, the tariff for each site may be different.
The initial power purchase agreements (PPAs) are expected to be for 15 years and the project is planned to be developed under a build, own, operate transfer framework.
PV solar capacity and battery energy storage (BESS) will be installed at all of the sites, which include Al-Mazyunah, Hasik, Farshat Qatbeet and Al-Hallaniyat islands, all in the southern Dhofar governorate, Al-Khuwaimah and Masirah island whereas two diesel power plants will be developed at Madha, and Mittan.