BEC wins key transmission line contract worth RO43m



Muscat: Bahwan Engineering Co. (BEC), a well-diversified contracting firm in the Sultanate, might have won a RO42.87 million contract for building a 400-kV transmission line between Sur and Izki.

"The contract value matches with our bid. However, we have not received any communication from the authorities so far," said D N Kachare, Deputy General Manager for Electrical Projects at Bahwan Engineering Co. The Tender Board awarded this project last week.

He said that the 260 km-long transmission line is planned to be built in line with the completion of the second phase of Sur independent power project. "The scope of work include building transmission towers and aluminium insulators. It will take two years to complete the work," he added. The Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) is setting up the transmission line, along with other similar transmission projects, to evacuate power from the large Sur power project to the national grid.

The Sur-Izki power transmission line may be initially used for evacuating 220-kV power and once the entire generation capacity of Sur power project is ready, it will be used as a 400-kV line.

Bahwan Engineering won the project after pushing aside seven other bidders, who are Saudi National Contracting Company, GAM and Partners, Larsen & Toubro, Oman National Engineering and Investment Co, Civil Contracting Company, Eastern Overseas and Ozdil Energy Resources.

In fact, Oman Electricity Transmission Company is setting up several transmission lines and switchgears to evacuate power from the independent power project taking shape in Sur.

The power generation capacity of the $1.6 billion Sur IPP, which is being built by a consortium led by Japan's Marubeni Corporation, is around 2,000MW – 500 MW in the first phase and 1,500MW in the second phase.

A similar transmission line between Sur and Jahloot is under construction, while the Tender Board is expected to award a contract for two 400-kV switchgears for building the massive Sur-Jahloot transmission system.

The investment in transmission lines in the country will be more in the coming years, as Oman lacks a nation-wide power transmission grid.

Kachare said his company is actively bidding for almost all transmission line projects of OETC and other state-owned power companies.

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