Oman Awards 500mw Ibri 2 Solar Project

Oman state utility OPWP has awarded the Ibri 2 solar IPP project to a consortium of Saudi developer Acwa Power, the GCC’s Gulf Investment Corporation and Kuwait’s Alternative Energy Projects.

OPWP pegs project cost at $400mn and anticipates commercial operations by June 2021 at the Ibri site, 300km west of Muscat (see map). 500MW of electricity will be delivered to Oman’s Main Interconnected System (MIS) grid, which serves Muscat and northern Oman ( MEES, 15 March ).

Ibri 2 will likely be Oman’s second large-scale solar plant, after state-led upstream firm Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) awarded Japan’s Marubeni a contract for a 100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to be built in its Amin field in southern Oman. The plant will help power in-field operations on PDO’s massive Block 6, with operation likely to start in 2020 ( MEES, 2 November 2018 ). (CONTINUED - 261 WORDS)