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Oman to forecast its power demand

The tender seeks proposals from consultants to provide technical advisory services to secure an economic expansion of power capacity to meet future demand

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Oman has floated a tender seeking proposals from international consultants to provide technical advisory services to secure an economic expansion of power capacity to meet future demand in 2021 and beyond.

The consultant is expected to advise the Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) Company on how to expand capacity within the main interconnected area (MIS)—governorates of Muscat, Buraymi, Al Batinah North, Al Batinah South, Al Dakhiliyah, Al Sharqiyah North, Al Sharqiyah South and Al Dhahirah—which serve over 736,000 electricity customers.

This procurement will be by using the current established process and contract structure, reported Times of Oman

OPWP, a member of the Electricity Holding Company, is responsible for procuring new electricity generation capacity and water in the Sultanate.

Oman’s average annual power demand for the next five years within the areas of main inter-connected system (MIS) is projected to grow by 10% to 5,023MW in 2020, according to a seven-year outlook for power demand released by OPWP a couple of years ago.

However, peak demand growth, under the demand forecast, is expected to be about 11% annum, up from 4,455 MW in 2013 to 9,133 MW in 2020.

The consultancy’s tender documents for technical advisory services are available for purchase until February 11, while the last date of submission is March 2.

Within the Salalah region, which covers around 77,000 electricity customers, peak demand is expected to grow at 10% per year, from 420 MW in 2013 to 800 MW in 2020. However, the average demand is projected to grow from 282 MW in 2013 to 553 MW in 2020.

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