The bidders are Saudi Oger with Mitsui & Company of Japan and the local WJ Towell & Company; the UK’s International Power with the UAE’s Mubadala and the local National Trading Company; and Singapore’s Sembcorp.

Four other prequalified groups declined to bid.

The plant, which is Oman’s sixth private power project, will have capacity of about 400MW and 15 million gallons a day of water.

The selection of a preferred bidder and the contract award should both take place before the end of 2008.

The plant will be connected to the grid operated by the Dhofar Power Company.

The advisers on the scheme are Germany’s Fichtner for technical work, BNP Paribas for financial advice and Denton Wilde Sapte for the legal work (MEED 2:3:07).

The client is the state-owned Oman Power & Water Procurement Company.