Oman reveals plan to build 1.1GW solar projects

Oman Power and Water Procurement Co invites proposals for the development of new clean energy projects
Oman reveals plan to build 1.1GW solar projects
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By Sam Bridge
Thu 18 Jul 2019 02:13 PM

Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP), the country’s sole procurer of electricity and water, has announced the launch of two solar projects with a combined capacity of around 1.1GW.

OPWP said in a statement that it has invited proposals for the development of the projects which will "attract investment of multiple hundreds of million dollars".

The solar projects are part of the sultanate's bid to diversify energy sources and to reduce dependence on natural gas for the production of electricity.

OPWP said following the procurement of Ibri II solar PV, it is planning to develop the second phase of the solar programme known as Manah Solar I IPP and Manah Solar II IPP with each having a capacity generation between 500-600MW.

Both projects will be located at Manah, which is around 150km south west from Muscat and they will be developed as a private sector project by qualified developers.

OPWP has announced the launch of the qualification process for the developers through the request for qualification.

Interested parties have until August 16 to submit their bids, the company added in the statement.

Earlier this year, OPWP said that the country has set a goal of covering 30 percent of its electricity demand with renewable energy projects by 2030.

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