The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) is expected to select consultants for advising the Sultanate’s government on the country’s first large-scale solar project during December, Times of Oman reported.

Public Authority for Electricity and Water’s (PAEW) Acting Manager of Renewable Energy, Khalil Ibrahim Al Zeidi, said that the consultant’s role will include price benchmarking, which will be key for the Omani government to decide whether to proceed with the tender, and support in the competitive process, according to SeeNews Renewables. Al Zeidi added that A tender process for selecting a developer for the project, with a capacity to generate 100 to 200MW electricity, is expected to start by the middle of 2017.

State-owned OPWP issued a request for proposal in October to invite bids from consultants for conducting a technical and economic study for the proposed project, which will be based on an independent power project model. Furthermore, out of the four identified sites for the large-scale solar project, preliminary environmental studies were conducted for two sites, which are Manah and Adam. Meteorology stations were also set up in these two locations. However, Manah is expected to be more suitable due to its proximity to power grid network connectivity, thanks to an existing power plant there.