pv magazine reports:
The Oman Power and Water Procurement company (OPWP) has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to select developers interested in building a 500 MW solar PV project in Oman.
The project, which will be the country’s first large utility-scale PV independent power project (IPP), will be located in Ibri, around 300 km west from Muscat, and will be built at an estimated cost of around $500 million.
As part of the plan to have 4 GiigaWatts of solar power by 2030, “a study published by Omans Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) in 2015, estimated that rooftop PV systems installed across the country could potentially generate 1.4 GW of renewable energy. In the Oman capital Muscat alone, the generated power capacity could reach 450 MW, the study showed.”
This is in addition to a 1GW solar thermal array in used to create steam for oil recovery in the country’s Amal field. A similar project is underway at California’s Belridge field (see below).