Eight of the 9 consortia which compete for a new 1-1.2GW of new solar capacity expected to be auctioned in July have been listed by Oman Power and Water Procurement Co. OPWP.
In July OPWP opened a tender for two developers to build a solar project of 500-600 MW each on a 1,200-hectare site in the Province of manah in Al Dakhiliyah .
Brian Wood, a senior OPWP advisor, said the request for proposals for a tender will be held in the second quarter of next year in a report published by the Oman Daily Observer which was sponsored by the News Site Reuters Middle East. To confirm the assertion, PV magazine tried to get in touch with Wood.
While no timeline for the procurement exercise was confirmed, yesterday, after contacting PV magazine, OPWP posted further information on the pre-qualified tenderers on its Twitter feed.
A number of tweets showed that 14 possible bidders in four countries were involved in the tender. The contestant area has been reduced to nine, 8 of which have been reported by OPWP. The information provided seems to be unclear, however, as one tweet states that “the consortiums are from the Republic of Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates,[ the] UK and[ the] United Arab Emirates”
Although there are only 8 prerequisite bidders, none of them tend to be from Oman or Japan, the tweet is likely to identify the national origins of all consortium member companies. That being the case, the absent prequalified bidder would tend to be Japanese with Portuguese and Omani companies in a consortium.
OPWP claimed that the “private sector,” which seems to be excluded at least four of the consortia involving the state-owned companies, would be awarded contracts.