Nine international companies and groups are qualified to bid for the build-own-operate (BOO) power plant, which will be gas/oil-fired. The successful bidder will sign with the government a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), expected to take place in the first half of 2006. The World Bank will provide guarantees to the project.

The US’ K&M Engineering & Consultancy Corporationis advising the ministry on the IPP.