Oman SMEs win Shell solar PV project deal
MUSCAT, February 19, 2017
Shell Development Oman has awarded contracts to two Omani small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in schools in the pilot phase of its ‘Solar into Schools’ project.
The pilot school sites are located in Al Buraimi, Nizwa and Salalah, with a fourth pilot school site in Muscat to be announced in due course.
‘Solar into Schools’ project was identified as one of the two initiatives announced under Shell’s 5th Gift to The Nation in 2015, said a statement from the company.
The contract for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in 22 public schools across the sultanate has been awarded by Shell in collaboration with Ministry of Education.
As per the deal, Fajwa for Solar Energy Solutions Systems will install solar panels at the Um Al Fathel girls public school in Nizwa, while Hussam Technology Company will be incharge for installation at Sultan Qaboos chool, a boys public school in Al Buraimi and Khawala bint Hakim School, a girls public school in Salalah.
Procurement activities by the two Omani solar SMEs have already commenced, with the first three pilot sites anticipated to be operational in early to mid-2017, said the statement from Shell.
On the new contracts, Chris Breeze, Shell country chairman in Oman, stated: "We at Shell are very pleased to support Oman’s budding solar ecosystem through the ‘Solar into Schools’ initiative. Upon completion of the solar PV training course, the project tender was released for the Omani SMEs in the market to compete."
Gift to the Nation is a tradition initiated by Shell in 1995 – the 25th anniversary of Oman’s Renaissance – to launch a new project every 5 years that carries a small further contribution to the development of Oman’s society and economy.
"A total of seven SMEs participated with their bids, out of which two have been identified and selected for contract award for the pilot stage of the project," he stated.
"Shell is committed to enterprise development in Oman and to help the country meet its growing energy needs in a responsible and sustainable way," he added.-TradeArabia News Service