Dhofar Generating Company (‘DGC’ or ‘the Company’) owns and operates the Salalah II IPP project. The project comprises of two power generation plants with a combined contracted capacity of 718 MW, located at Raysut in the Dhofar Governorate of the Sultanate of Oman.
The Original Plant, which commenced commercial operations in 2003 has a contracted capacity of 273 MW. A New Plant was developed by DGC with a capacity of 445 MW and has commenced commercial operations on January 1, 2018. Together, the total contracted power capacity represents approximately 62% of the total contracted capacity in the Dhofar Power System.
DGC currently generates its revenues pursuant to a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (‘PPA’) with Oman Power And Water Procurement Company SAOC (‘OPWP’), maturing on 1 January 2033. The power capacity of the Plant is fully contracted to OPWP and is being used to meet the growing power demand in the Dhofar Governorate. A consortium (‘the Founders’ or ‘the Promoters’ or ‘the Consortium’) comprising of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., ACWA Power and DIDIC acquired the Company on 4 June 2015.
In 2001, Dhofar Power Company SAOC (‘DPC’), DGC and the Ministry of Housing, Electricity & Water of Oman entered into the Salalah Concession Agreement, a 20-year concession. Under this agreement, DPC became the vertically integrated sole electricity transmission, distribution and supply company within its concession area. DGC was a fully owned subsidiary of DPC. This agreement was terminated on 31 December 2013, and all generation activities and assets within the DPC group were transferred to DGC which became a stand-alone entity. DPC’s shares in DGC were purchased by EHC (Electricity Holding Company) and MoF (Ministry of Finance).
In 2014, the Government invited proposals for the acquisition of all shares in DGC, which then owned the Original Plant, located at Raysut, and the development of the New Plant in an adjacent site. Following a competitive bidding process run by OPWP, the Consortium was awarded the contract to acquire DGC, operate the Original Plant and build the New Plant.
The project has been established under a BOO (Build, Own & Operate) scheme, which enables it to be operated beyond the PPA term of 15 years by extending the PPA (if agreed to by OPWP) or by selling electricity to potential customers should a merchant market exist in the Dhofar region at that time.
|May 2014||Request for Proposal issued by OPWP|
|October 2014||Bid submission by the Founders|
|March 2015||Issuance of Letter of Award|
|April 2015||Execution of the PPA Amendment Execution of the Share Purchase Agreement|
|June 2015||Acquisition of DGC|
|August 2015||Financial Arrangement Completed|
|January 2018||COD achieved|
|January 2033||Expiry date of PPA|
M-MAP (A wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.)
Mitsui & Co. Middle East and Africa Projects Investment & Development Limited (M-MAP) is 100% owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., established with the aim of developing new infrastructure projects and its own existing power assets in the Middle East and Africa.
Established in 1947, Mitsui is today one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 137 offices in 66 countries as of April 1st, 2018. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world, with total assets of about USD 102.7 billion (as of March 31st, 2017). Mitsui is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with about 98.2% of its outstanding shares listed.
Mitsui has several decades of IPP experience with a significant presence in the IPP space in most geographical regions, including the Americas, Asia-Pac, Middle East, Africa and Europe across all fuel types. Mitsui owns a gross power generation capacity of 34 GW with a net capacity 9.3GW as of January 2018. Of this, 26% of its capacity is based in the Middle East.
Mitsui has a longstanding relationship with Oman dating from 1979, and has been contributing to economic and industrial development in Oman through various projects. Mitsui has a notable track record in the upstream oil and gas sector in Oman through its participation in onshore oil and gas production, the Oman LNG project, and the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex.
Mitsui’s other experiences in the sector in the region include its successful operation of the Ras Laffan C IWPP (2,7GW) in Qatar, and the Amman East IPP (400MW) and IPP4 (241MW) in Jordan.
MAP (A wholly owned subsidiary of ACWA Power)
MAP Power Holding Company Limited (MAP) is ultimately 100% owned by the International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power).
ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 10 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 30 billion, can generate 22+ GW of power and produce 2.7 million m³ /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors.
ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by seven Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).
ACWA Power also owns projects of over 21.2GW of power generation and 2.7 million m³ per day of desalinated water production plants and operates them through its wholly owned subsidiary NOMAC. Through NOMAC, ACWA Power ensures that the best practices and expertise in operation and maintenance are brought in into all its assets while ensuring reliable and stable operations at very high levels of performance. NOMAC also acts as the subcontractor to the Operator, Dhofar O&M Company.
ACWA Power entered Oman through its acquisition of AES’s shares in the Barka 1 IWPP (ACWA Power Barka) in 2010. Subsequently, ACWA Power has worked with ACWA Power Barka to develop, finance and construct an additional 22.5 MIGD of water capacity to meet the growing demand for water in the Muscat region. Over the past few years, ACWA Power Barka has set new benchmarks in plant performance, reliability, HSE which has translated into strong value creation for the shareholders.
DIES (A wholly owned subsidiary of DIDIC)
Dhofar International Energy Services LLC (DIES) is an SPV that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Company SAOG (DIDIC).
Established in 1987 and one of the largest investment companies in the Sultanate of Oman, DIDIC has made significant contributions to the economy of Sultanate, especially the Dhofar governorate. Since its inception DIDIC focused on diversification of its activities to cover various economic fields, and accordingly established a bank in Oman, a financial services company, insurance company and Tourism Company, it played an essential role in the development of Dhofar University and Salalah Port Services. Also, the company has an important role in the inception of factories and industrial plants in the Sultanate. DIDIC has paid up capital of OMR 24.64 Million with total assets of OMR 230 Million and is listed in the Muscat Securities Market.
In addition to the development of Salalah II, Mistui, ACWA Power and DIDIC continued to demonstrate their commitment to the Omani power sector after the Consortium have been awarded Oman’s largest single tendered independent power project, the 3,319 MW Ibri Sohar-3 power generation scheme which consists of two natural gas-fired cycle power plants of 1,509 MW and 1,710 MW respectively at Ibri and Sohar in the country’s north. These plants are expected to be operational in 2019.