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Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded a consortium consisting of Mitsui & Co, ACWA Power and Dhofar International Development and Investment Holding Company (DIDIC) the 3,219MW Ibri Sohar-3 power generation project
Touted to be the largest single tendered independent power project (IPP) in the sultanate, the project includes two natural gas-fired combined cycle power plants of 1,509MW and 1,710MW each, located at Ibri and Sohar in northern Oman. Mitsui & Co is the lead investor and the managing member of the project, owning 50.1 per cent of the project, with ACWA Power owning 44.9 per cent of the shares and DIDIC a five per cent.
Both plants will be owned and operated under a 15-year power purchase agreement with OPWP and will be connected to the main interconnected system (MIS) in the Oman.
Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power, said, “Demand for electric power in the sultanate is increasing at a rapid pace so these projects are essential to provide reliable and efficient power to drive economic growth and development. This is our fifth project in the country, and in conjunction with our consortium partners we’re committed to meeting the target commissioning dates set out in the agreements. These projects are of particular importance to us as they represent the largest single award in the region, second only to our existing Qurayyah IPP.”
Once commercially operational in early 2019 the plants will supply approximately 30 per cent of electricity demand in Oman.
“We are a committed partner in helping drive economic development in Oman through the delivery of safe, power and water at the lowest possible cost,” said Rajit Nanda, chief investment officer of ACWA Power, adding, “This ceremony comes following a wonderful year for ACWA Power in Oman with the commencement of operations from our recent expansion at our ACWA Power Barka facility together with the achievement of ground breaking in the recently awarded Salalah2 IPP all of which are a sign of our steadfast commitment to Oman.”
ACWA Power has operations in 12 countries across three continents including Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Mozambique, Turkey and Vietnam.
Last year saw the company close project financing of eight IPP projects with a total capacity of 1,650MW. These include a total of 770MW for renewable energy projects at a total project cost of US$5bn.