Belgium's Tractebel has been formally awarded the Sohar independent water and power project (IWPP), having been selected to enter negotiations with the government in May. Four groups bid in March for the project, which is being handled by the National Economy Ministry (MEED 28:5:04).
South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Constructionis Tractebel's nominated engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor and the developer group includes four local partners - National Trading, WJ Towell & Company, The Zubair Corporationand Sogex Oman. The other bidders for the IWPP were: Dubai-based AES Oasis; France's Total; and a team of Singapore's Sembcorpwith Nissho Iwaiand Kansei Electric, both of Japan. The Sohar IWPP calls for construction of a 480-550-MW, 30 million-gallon-a-day plant with first power available by 1 January 2006. Advising the government on the project is a team of Societe Generale, Denton Wilde Sapte, Bank Muscatand Germany's Fichtner. An award is expected by the end of July on a fast-track contract associated with the IWPP, to build a power transmission network serving Sohar port and industrial area. India's KEC Internationalis low bidder for the contract at RO 41.2 million ($105.6 million) but the race is understood to be between the second and third lowest bidders, India's Larsen & Toubroand the local Bahwan Engineering Company. Bids are also due by 2 August for a water transmission network to serve the plant and for a construction supervision contract. The Ministry of Housing, Electricity & Water is the client on all three contracts (MEED 25:6:04).