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Oman’s largest PV solar plant achieves financial close

ACWA Power, GIC and AEPC reached financial closure for the 500 MW solar photovoltaic IPP

A consortium consisting of ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects Co. (AEPC) has achieved the financial closure for the 500 MW solar photovoltaic Independent Power Project (IPP) at Ibri in Oman.

The 500 MWac Ibri II solar project will be Oman’s largest utility-scale solar PV IPP to be developed on a BOO (build, own, operate) basis and will utilise solar photovoltaic technology to generate 500 MWac of renewable power.

ACWA Power stated that at peak generation capacity, the plant output will be enough to supply an estimated 33,000 homes with electricity and will offset 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power said that successfully achieving financial closure during these challenging times is a testament to the determination of all the stake holders in this project to keep doing the best they can within the constraints.

“We are pleased to partner with GIC and AEPC on the largest utility scale solar IPP in Oman. This milestone further asserts our commitment to provide low cost and sustainable electricity supply solutions to our esteemed clients like the Oman Power & Water Procurement Company,” he added.

The $400 million project will be funded on a debt to equity ratio of 70:30. A syndicate of six international and local lenders, will provide the  $275 million senior debt, according to a statement from ACWA Power.

Rajit Nanda, chief investment officer of ACWA Power, said: “We are pleased to achieve a successful closing of yet another financing in Oman which is a key country for ACWA Power’s operations in Middle East. “

“The project which is the largest utility scale Solar PV project in Oman, will also be the first renewable energy financing for AIIB in the GCC region, paving the way for a stronger partnership with the Beijing based international multilateral bank in the future.”

Located around 300km west of Muscat, Ibri-2 IPP will contribute towards increasing power supplies in the Sultanate, the statement added, while the term of the offtake contract for the project will be 15 years from the commercial operations date.

“Achievement of this milestone together with our partners – co-shareholders, contractors and the bank group comprising of international and local banks – notwithstanding the trying financial and macroeconomic challenges prevalent the world over resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates our structuring capabilities, the resilience of our long lasting partnerships and our commitment to OPWP,” he concluded.

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