Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP) has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for supervisory consultancy services for the Ibri and Sohar Independent Power Projects (IPPs).
OPWP wishes to appoint suitably qualified and experienced consultants to provide project management and technical consultancy servicesduring the construction, commissioning and testing of the projects.
Interested parties must to submit their proposals on or before March 13, 2016.
This announcement comes after, in early January, a consortium formed by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., together with the Saudi Arabian power company ACWA Power and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Co. SAOG (DIDIC) of Oman received a letter of award from OPWP to develop the Ibri, Sohar-3 power generation projects.
Demand for electric power in Oman is increasing rapidly because of the economic growth driven by the oil and gas sector. Mitsui, as the lead investor with a 50.1% shareholding and the managing member of the consortium, will help to meet that demand by newly constructing two natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants with a total capacity of 3,150MW. The sites will be in Ibri (1,450MW), and Sohar (1,700MW), which are both located in northern Oman.
Mitsui will operate both plants and sell electric power under a 15-year power purchase agreement with OPWP. The power plants will be supplying approximately 30% of the electricity that will be consumed in the Muscat area once the commercial operation is achieved.
The Ibri, Sohar-3 power generation projects mark Mitsui’s further involvement in developing one of the largest power plants in the Middle East region, together with key downstream infrastructure in Oman, after being awarded the Salalah-2 power project in March 2015, and the Liwa Plastic Industries Complex project in December 2015.
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