Oman to launch 200MW solar project tender in 2016

Oman to launch 200MW solar project tender in 2016
Oman's solar park tender is due to be released this year. [Representational image]
Published: 31 March 2016 - 5 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

Oman is set to release a tender for its 200MW upcoming solar energy project. 

The proposed development comprises at least one solar power generation plant of 200MW capacity, and could also be split across numerous units. 

The independent power project (IPP) is likely to be procured similarly as "conventional gas-based power projects". 

Adam and Manah areas in Dakhiliyah Governorate have been identified as prospective sites for the grid-connected renewable energy scheme. 

A combination of concentrated solar power and photovolatic technologies are likely to be deployed for the development. 

Qais bin Saud al Zakwani, executive president of the Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman (AER), said: "This year, we will launch a tender for up to 200MW of solar energy capacity at these sites.

"We hope to be using the same type of tendering mechanism for conventional power plants to these two large-scale projects in Adam and Manah."

The project's development will proceed based on two imminent government policies: the scope for renewable energy in Oman's National Energy Strategy 2040; and, the pricing of natural gas, which is "key to assessing the economic feasibility of large-scale renewable energy projects", Oman Daily Observer reported.

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