Oman pre-qualifies developers for 500MW solar tender

Oman pre-qualifies developers for 500MW solar tender
Published: 2 May 2018 - 6:56 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

After revealing the list of the 28 Statement of Qualifications (SoQs) it received in March, the Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has now unveiled the names of the 12 pre-qualified applicants.

The Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has published a list of the 12 developers, which have pre-qualified for the final phase of the 500 MW solar tender it launched in late December.

According to PV Magazine, included in the list are single bidders, such as Spanish solar developer, X-ELIO Energy, S.L.; Japanese industrial conglomerate, Marubeni Corporation; Japan’s trading company, Mitsui & Co., Ltd; Japan-based trading and investment business conglomerate, Marubeni; Saudi power and water utility, ACWA Power; International Power S.A. (IPSA), which is a unit of French energy giant Engie; and Hanwha Q Cells Corporation.

The list also includes consortia formed by the UAE solar developer, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masadar) and Total Solar, the PV unit of French oil company, Total; France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and U.K.-based BP Alternative Energy Investments Limited.

Others are Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Limited and China’s Chint New Energy Development (Zhejiang) Co.; Chinese developer, GCL New Energy International Limited and Saudi conglomerate Alfanar Company; and Turkey’s Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Uretim A. and Spanish renewable energy company, Abengoa Energa, S.A.

The list of all 28 applicants was released in early March. The OPWP is now working to finalise the related Request for Proposals (RfP).

The US$500 million solar PV park will be developed as an independent power project (IPP), and will be located in Ibri, around 300 km west of Muscat. The feasibility study for the huge solar park was finalized by the OPWP in late October, according to PV Magazine.

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