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Oman to award contracts for 11 hybrid projects by end of this year

The hybrid power projects will be spread over a vast geographical area and will use a mix of solar, diesel and compressed natural gas for power generation.

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Oman’s Rural Areas Electricity Co (RAECO), also known as Tanweer, is expecting to award the contracts for the development of hybrid power projects at 11 different locations across Oman by the end of this year.

In July 2018, RAECO had issued a tender to appoint consultants for 11 sites at which the company wants to add renewable energy capacity under hybrid independent power projects (IPPs), reported Muscat Daily.

The company last year also issued an expression of interest tender for these projects.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Nama Group's annual press briefing on Monday, Saleh Nasser Majid al Rumhi, chief executive officer of Tanweer said around 95 companies have expressed their interest in developing these hybrid power stations. 'Currently, we are in the stage of finalising requests for qualification and hopefully by the end of this year we will be in a position to award the contracts to qualified bidders.'

He said these hybrid power projects will be spread over a vast geographical area and will use a mix of solar, diesel and compressed natural gas for power generation.

Rumhi further said that out of these 11 locations, five will be located in the Dhofar governorate, two in South Sharqiya, two in Al Wusta, one in Musandam and one in Dhahirah. Total power generation capacity of these 11 units put together would be around 200MW.

On investments in the new hybrid power projects, he said total funds needed for the projects will depend on proposals submitted by the developers.

Tanweer, which supplies electricity to remote regions in Oman, has been trying to cut its dependence on diesel fuel by utilising renewable energy sources. The company expects to officially inaugurate its 160GWh wind power project in Dhofar by November.

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