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Tender for largest Omani IPP floated

1,500MW power plant at Sur to cost an estimated $1.6-1.8bn

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Oman is about to upgrade its power generation capacity
Oman is about to upgrade its power generation capacity

 The Oman Power and Water Company on Sunday launched the tendering process for the country’s largest power project, the 1,500MW independent power plant in Sur. Industry analysts have estimated the cost of the green field power generation project at between $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion.

Five international companies collected tender documents on the first day of the launch, including Marubeni, Siemens and Saudi Oger.

Prequalification offers are due by October 18, 2010, while the deadline for submission of technical and financial bids by qualified bidders is March 5, 2011.

Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) is already implementing projects to reinforce the transmission system around Sur which will allow power to be efficiently exported to the main interconnected system, writes the Oman Daily Observer. The IPP will be developed in two phases. Around 400MW of early power will be available ahead of summer peak demand in 2013, while the plant's full capacity of 1500MW is slated for full commissioning ahead of 2014 summer peak demand, reports the paper.
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