20 firms to compete for Oman’s first large-scale solar project

The Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman (AER) has issued preliminary confirmation to bidders participating in the solar project to confirm they satisfy the Authority’s Appropriate Person Criteria. Confirmation of compliance is a legal requirement for any entity to hold a licence issued by the Authority. The letter issued by the Authority is also a requirement for interested bidders to submit a response to the Request for Qualification issued by the Oman Power and Water Company (OPWP).

The deadline for submission is February 22 and the Authority has issued confirmation letters to 20 potential bidders.
Qais Saud al Zakwani (pictured), the Executive Director and Member at the Authority for Electricity Regulation said: “We are extremely pleased with the level of interest expressed by internationally experienced solar project developers that have also partnered with local companies. We have been inundated with questions and clarifications by developers that will be participating for the first time in Oman.
The Authority remains confident that the competition for this project will yield the most economical outcome and has a duty to ensure the competition is conducted in a fair and transparent manner and works hard to maintain the credibility of the tendering process.
The 500 Megawatt Ibri Solar IPP is the first in a number of renewable projects that Oman will be developing in the near future and we have ensured that the building blocks from Oman’s successful IPP programme are retained for this project.”