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This September, U.S. Chamber’s Middle East team worked very closely with the Oman American Business Center to revitalize this important organization in Oman which serves as the AmCham and the bridge between the two business communities. During the visit, Steve Lutes, Vice President of Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, met with many key leaders to discuss ways to strenghten the U.S.-Oman business relationship, including Ministry of Commerce & Industry Undersecretary Al-Dheeb; the Head of the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development; and leadership from the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. In addition, the U.S. Chamber was proud to partner with U.S. Embassy Muscat and OABC to host a networking session with OABC’s members, which provided a timely opportunity for a discussion on the administration’s trade agenda.

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Pictured: Oman Ministry of Commerce & Industry Undersecretary Ahmed Hassan Al-Dheeb; Steve Lutes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Andrew Barwig, Economic & Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Muscat;  and Rebecca Olson, Executive Director, Oman American Business Center. 

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U.S. Chamber, OABC, and U.S. Embassy Muscat representatives meet with Oman Chamber CEO and his team. 

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U.S. Chamber, OABC, and U.S. Embassy Muscat representatives meet with Ithraa’s head of Investment Promotion. 

Announcement of International Tender

  • Consultancy companies and offices specialized in the above – mentioned works, registered with the Board of Tender and interested in subscribing to the aforesaid tender may collect tender related – documents through the Digital Portal of e – Tendering on the following link: https://etendering.tenderboard.gov.om
  • International companies and institutions non registered at the Sultanate may subscribe to the international tender by submitting a formal correspondence regarding the subscription against the aforementioned fees, provided that they shall register according to the applicable laws in the Sultanate within 30 working days after having been informed of accepting their bids.
  • Bids shall be submitted in line with technical requirements and specifications and enclosed with a temporary banking guarantee issued by a local bank or a foreign bank has a branch in the Sultanate of Oman at a value at least 1 per cent of the value of the bid and valid for 90 days from the date of electronic submission of the bid. Tenderers shall submit the original receipt of the temporary banking guarantee one day before the date of submission of bids at the Ministry’s Directorate of Tenders and Contracts, 2nd floor.
  • The prices of the bids shall be inked in the currency of Omani Rial in numbers and letters and the list of the prices shall be dated, stamped and signed by the tenderer.
  • Priority shall be awarded to the Tender Board registered – companies in the category of small and medium enterprises.
  • The period of submitting the bids starts after the period of inquiries mentioned in the e – tendering system finishes immediately till the last date of submission of bids no later than 10 am.

Support and inquiries:

1 . For more information related to the tender , kindly communicate through the website of the e – tendering https://etendering.tenderboard.gov.om

2 . For inquiries related to the technical support through, kindly communicate through etenderhd@ita.gov.om or on 24166670

  • The Ministry shall not be obligated to accept the lowest or any other bids.

For further information, kindly communicate with us through sotic@omantourism.gov.om or on 22088349 – 22088348

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The Sultanate’s on-going efforts to liberalise and diversify the economy offer greater opportunity for enhanced trade, investment and economic ties between Omani and US firms, according to a high-ranking official of the US Chamber of Commerce. Khush Chosky (pictured), Senior Vice President for Middle East and Turkish Affairs, also pledged to work with the Chamber’s new local affiliate, the Oman American Business Center (OABC), to help deepen economic and commercial relations between the two countries.

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Renewable energy project will be structured under the independent power producer model

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is planning to develop a 100MW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at Amin, located in the southern region of the sultanate.

Developers have been invited to submit expressions of interest by 31 January for the 100MW solar project, with the client planning to receive bids in May 2018.

The solar plant is planned to be PDO’s first independent power producer (IPP) project. PDO will be the sole off-taker for the project, and will buy all of the electricity produced by the solar farm.

The contract will involve the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the solar plant for the duration of the power purchase agreement (PPA), which will be for a period of 23 years.

State utility Oman Power & Water Company (OPWP) is also moving ahead with plans to develop solar energy on a large-scale as part of the sultanate’s plans to diversify its energy resources.

In December, OPWP issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power project in Ibri, which is about 300 kilometres inland from Muscat. The proposed plant with have a power generation capacity of 500 MW

OPWP says that the RFQ is for developers and is not applicable for engineering, procurement and construction contractors.

The closing date for submitting documents is the 22 February 2018.

MEED reported in early November that OPWP had appointed Germany’s Fichtner and the UK’s DLA Piper as the technical and legal advisers for the scheme. In October, MEED reported that OPWP had appointed US/India’s Synergy Consulting as financial adviser for the solar project.

The proposed IPP will be the second utility-scale renewables project planned in Oman, with the UAE’s Masdar announcing in 2014 it was planning to develop a 50MW wind farm in the southern part of the sultanate in partnership with the local Rural Areas Electricity Company (Raeco).

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OABC member 23 Degrees North received Oman’s 2017 Best Architect and Best Sustainability Project this October. The Dossier Construction awards continue a long line of firsts achieved by 23 Degrees North since its founding in 2011 by Nadia Maqbool, starting with Nadia’s achievement of being the first chartered female architect in Oman. Sustainability has been at the heart of 23 Degrees North’s passion for delivering world-class architecture that is both cutting edge and authentically Omani.