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Oman to float biggest IPP tender this month

Two sites selected for project that could reach up to 3,200MW.

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Oman will float a tender later this month for the country’s single largest power generation project, according to CEO of Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP).

Two sites, one in Ibri and another in Sohar, within the Main Interconnected System (MIS) region have been finalised for the project which could reach 3,200MW, Eng Ahmed al Jahdhami said in an exclusive interview with Muscat Daily.

The project will be spread over two sites but only one tender will be floated for both, he added.

"The aggregate power generation capacity of these two combined facilities is currently under review and could go up to 3,200MW," he said.

The pre-qualification process of bidders for the project was started last year and is expected to conclude soon.

Jahdhami said the tender will be floated in February and the contract is expected to be awarded in October.

"Ibri will have an early power requirement, by 2018, with commercial operations at both sites planned to commence in 2019. The project will add to MIS capacity and enable us to meet demand until 2021," he added.

On the tender award for the Salalah Independent Power Project (IPP) expansion, Jahdhami said that OPWP expects to shortly conclude the tender evaluations and sign an agreement in early March, if not by end of February.

Salalah IPP's capacity will be between 300MW-400MW and the project is planned to be completed in 2018.

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