Marubeni bags 100MW Oman solar project contract
The project includes design, procurement, construction, commissioning, financing and O&M
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has awarded a contract to build a landmark 100MW solar photovoltaic independent power producer (IPP) project to a joint Japanese-Omani consortium.
The Marubeni Consortium, comprising the Marubeni Corporation (Japan) as the lead founder, Oman Gas Company, Bahwan Renewable Energy Company LLC and Modern Channels Services LLC, won the bidding process, which attracted competitive tenders from highly reputed global developers in the renewable energy industry, a press release said.
The plant will provide power for PDO’s Interior operations and be the first of its kind in Oman. It will also be the world’s first utility-scale solar project to have an oil and gas company as the sole wholesale buyer of electricity.
The project includes the design, procurement, construction, commissioning, financing and operation and maintenance of the solar photovoltaic plant with a capacity of 100MW.
The installation will be located at Amin, which lies in southern Oman in PDO’s concession area, approximately 210km North West of Thumrait.
The power will be structured as an IPP under the terms of the power purchase agreement for a period of 23 years.
PDO managing director Raoul Restucci said: “We look forward to working with the Marubeni Corporation and consortium partners to successfully build our first IPP renewable energy project and as another building block in support of Oman’s outstanding potential in renewable energy.”