State utility Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has issued a request for qualification for a 1.2GW coal-fired power plant, to be built at Duqm around 530km south of Muscat on Oman’s Arabian Sea coast.

The plant will provide Oman’s first coal-fired power generation “in line with Oman’s vision to diversify fuel sources,” according to OPWP. Like Oman’s other almost entirely gas-fired plants, it will be developed as an independent power producer...