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The Duqm power project site. Image courtesy: Times of Oman.

Duqm power project bids deadline extended

MUSCAT, August 2, 2017

The deadline for submitting bids by prequalified firms for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build Duqm’s first large-scale natural gas-fired power and water desalination project has been extended to September 15, a report said.

The EPC contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2018, said the Times of Oman report.

The new project, which will have a ‘contracted capacity’ to generate 183 MW of power, along with a 9.5-million-gallons-of-water-per-day capacity desalination plant, is being developed by Marafiq, the sultanate’s first centralised utilities provider catering initially to the industrial zones.

The deadline for submitting bids had earlier been set as August 1. Eight prequalified companies are expected to submit their bids for the project, which will take three years to complete, the report added.

The project will meet the energy requirements of a new refinery and petrochemical complex under development at the Duqm free zone. The 230,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) greenfield refinery is being jointly developed by the Oman Oil Company and Kuwait Petroleum International at a cost of around $7 billion.

Meanwhile, a Chinese consortium is also considering a 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Duqm. Two state-owned Chinese power giants -- Hebei Electric Power Design and Research and Ningxia Electric Power Design Institute -- plan to conduct an environmental impact assessment study for getting environment clearance from the Oman government for a $406-million-coal-fired power project in the Duqm free zone, the report said.

Tags: Duqm | power | Desalination |

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