Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded one contract to all four bidders to install temporary power generation units in the sultanate.

Each of the four companies has been awarded a contract to complete part of the temporary power scheme. The original plan was to add 600MW in temporary power generation, but this was later revised down to 300MW. This was changed to reflect the findings of Oman’s most recent demand projections for summer 2011 and the implementation of some other additional capacity measures.

The following companies submitted bids in October:

  • Ofsat (Oman)
  • Rental Solutions and Services (Saudi Arabia)
  • Sakr Energy Solutions (UAE)
  • Energy International (US)

The diesel-fired units will be built next to existing substations. Power will feed into the Main Interconnected System (MIS), the grid network that serves most of the country. The units are to be online this year.

As temporary power generation units, the facilities will assist Oman in meeting its immediate electricity needs before being decommissioned. Oman faces a serious problem with a shortfall in power supply over the short-term. The temporary power generation project is intended to cover this shortfall, while the government makes long term plans to solve the problem through the private sector power developments.