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OPWP announces RfP for revised power project

Power and water project to be split across different locations.

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The OPWP is seeking to move their new IPP away from residential areas.
The OPWP is seeking to move their new IPP away from residential areas.

The Oman Water and Power Company (OPWP) is preparing a request for proposals (RfP) for a new Independent Power Project (IPP) to be build at an industrial site at Sur, the company announced on Sunday.

The OPWP has initially planned to construct an Independent Power and Water Project (IWPP) at the Al Ghubah site, but decided against building a large plant close to residential areas. While the desalination project will still be build at Al Ghubah, the power plant will now be moved.

Subject to securing the necessary environmental and regulatory consents, OPWP expects to issue a Request for Proposals for the 1500MW IPP around the beginning of August 2010, the company said in a statement. The RfP will invite proposals for around 400MW of early power ahead of summer peak demand in 2013 and full commissioning of 1500MW ahead of 2014 summer peak demand.

A large scale reverse osmosis technology water project of around 40MIGD is planned for the Al Ghubrah site to safeguard growing water demand requirements in the Muscat region.

The proposed location on the industrial site at Sur is ideal for the development of a large scale power plant," said OPWP CEO Bob Whitelaw.
 

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