Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has appointed technical and legal consultants to prepare for the sultanate’s first large-scale solar project.

OPWP has appointed Germany’s Fichtner and the UK’s DLA Piper as the technical and legal advisers for the planned photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power project (IPP). MEED reported in October that the client had appointed US/India’s Synergy Consulting as financial adviser for the solar project.

The planned IPP was originally planned to have a capacity of 200MW, but according to sources close to the programme it could be increased up to 500MW.

The proposed IPP will be the second utility-scale renewables project planned in Oman, with the UAE’s Masdar announcing in 2014 it was planning to develop a 50MW wind farm in the southern part of the sultanate in partnership with the local Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco).

Due to a number of delays in the design and procurement phase, the developer is currently evaluating EPC proposals. Following the delays, the project is now also due to be operational in 2020.

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