A government official declered that Oman has awarded Britain’s National Power Plc a contract to build a 240-megawatt power plant. That plant is the third private power project in the Gulf state, as reported by Ruetrs on July 16. The value of the deal was not disclosed However reported Bahraintribune on July 16.
The Tender Board has awarded the Al Sharqiyah private power project to National Power Plc of Britain in a 15-year agreement to run the plant on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. The British firm would have an option to renew the agreement at the end of the term.
Oman has been evaluating bids from seven international and local firms for the power project at Al Kamil in the east since last May. The project is expected to be operational in April 2002.
Oman already has one private power plant in operation at Al Manah, the first among Gulf states, and is in final negotiations with developers for another private plant to be established in the southern city of Salalah. Moreover earlier in July Oman said it was evaluating bids to build a 400-megawatt power plant in the coastal town of Barka.