According to sources, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has launched a tender process to select a consultant for project management and technical consultancy services for the 120MW-Musandam power project.
The consultant will oversee construction, commissioning and testing of the independent power project (IPP).
The project, which is being implemented by Oman Oil Co’s (OOC) majority owned subsidiary Musandam Power Company (MPC) on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis, is the first IPP in Musandam. The project developer has a power purchase agreement with OPWP.
MPC also signed in December 2014 an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and long-term service agreement with Wartsila Muscat for building the dual-fuel fired power plant at Tibat in Musandam.
The Smart Power Generation plant will consist of 15 Wärtsilä 34DF engines. The dual-fuel units use natural gas as the main fuel and light fuel oil as back-up. The power station will meet the dynamic load demand in the rapidly developing Musandam governorate, responding to load variations between 10 and 120 MW. It will operate in high humidity and extreme temperatures of up to 50 degrees. The plant is designed to operate in island mode in the isolated Musandam grid. This means reliability is imperative.
The project’s concession period is fixed at 15 years and the power plant will commence operations by the fourth quarter of 2016.