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A total investment of US$780.2 million! Oman's 1GW Mana Solar Park extended to start commercial ope

The Manah Solar I and II parks in the governorate of Dakhiliyah, Oman, with a total capacity of 1GW, will start commercial operations in the last quarter of 2024, according to the Muscat Daily News.

The government agency Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-up said last week that the two projects are expected to attract an investment of around OMR300 million (US$780.2 million/€674.9 million). Commissioning of each 500MW plant is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 respectively, but has been extended due to the global economic turmoil triggered by the New Crown epidemic.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), which will act as the off-taker of electricity for the Independent Power Project (IPP), will select two international developers to build, own and operate the power plants. Last year, the company issued a request for proposals (RfP) open for participation by nine developers and consortia, previously selected through a pre-qualification (RfQ) process.

Eligible bidders included Masdar, EDF Renewable Energy, Italy's Eni Group and Japan's Marubeni Group. The deadline for both parties to submit commercial bids is 25 May. (OMR 1.0 = US$2.601/€2.250)

Oman is said to be aiming for renewable energy to account for between 10% and 16% of the Sultanate's main interconnected system's electricity generation by 2025, with a total capacity of around 2,800 MW