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Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued a list of 28 companies and consortia to have submitted qualification documents for a tender to develop a 500MW solar PV IPP project.
The list includes some of the leading players in the solar industry, as well as a number of small local firms (see table).
OPWP revealed plans for a first utility-scale solar project in October 2016 ( MEES, 21 October 2016 ). Encouraged by a string of record low bids for regional solar projects, OPWP announced in late December 2017 that the project would be a 500MW plant to be built 300km west of Muscat at Ibri ( MEES, 21 October 2016 ). The current record holder is US¢2.34/kWh proposed by Acwa Power for a 300MW plant to be built at Sakaka in the northern Al-Jawf region of Saudi Arabia.
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