Marubeni bags 100MW Oman so­lar project con­tract

The project in­cludes de­sign, pro­cure­ment, con­struc­tion, com­mis­sion­ing, fi­nanc­ing and O&M

Utilities Middle East - - CONTRACTS -

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.”

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