Muscat, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

today announced it has awarded a contract to build a landmark 100

megawatt solar photo voltaic 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 and Modern Channels Services,

won the bidding process, which attracted competitive tenders from

highly reputed global developers in the renewable energy industry.

The plant will provide power for PDO’s interior operations and be

the first of its type 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

photo voltaic plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts.

The installation will be located at Amin, which lies in southern Oman in

PDO’s concession area, approximately 210km north west of the Wilayat

of Thumrait.

The power will be structured as an IPP under the terms of the

power purchase agreement for a period of 23 years.

The awarding ceremony will take place on 7 November at PDO’s

Muscat headquarters when more information will be released.

PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: We look forward

to working with the Marubeni Corporation and consortium partners to

build our first IPP renewable energy project and as another building

block in support of Oman’s outstanding potential in renewable energy.

He added that PDO has already ventured into solar energy with

the giant “Miraah” solar plant in Amal, which it is developing with

partners GlassPoint Solar to produce steam for thermal enhanced oil

recovery (EOR).

He pointed out that PDO is also installing thousands of solar

panels in car parks at its Mina Al Fahal headquarters to power key

offices and feed into the national grid during non-working hours.

Source: Oman News Agency