After a hiatus spanning several years, commercial scale renewable energy development is expected to make headway in 2017 with Oman’s power sector authorities planning to appoint a consultant to assist in the tendering of the nation’s first large-scale solar project.
The tendering process, according to a top official of the Authority for Electricity Regulation (Oman), will be overseen by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) in line with its mandate as the procurer of all new power generation and related water desalination capacity.
“OPWP at this point in time is working on the first stages of tendering for consultancy services for a large-scale solar plant,” the Authority’s Executive Director Qais Saud al Zakwani said.
“Usually, what OPWP does when it comes to conventional power, it hires consultants to put in place the technical, legal and financial parameters for the (tender) terms of reference. OPWP will now hire consultants to do the same thing for large-scale renewable projects. The process will go forward in 2017,” he added in comments to the Observer.