Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for wind plant

Saudi Arabia's Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) has qualified 25 companies to bid for the 400 MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project in Al Jouf region. 

The project is the first utility-scale wind power scheme within the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project is now available for qualified bidders on the NREP’s dedicated eProcurement portal,, a Saudi Press Agency report said.

The qualified companies will proceed to the RFP stage as either ‘managing members’ or ‘technical members’ - or both - based on their experience in delivering IPP projects of this scale, the report said.

Bidding for the wind power project is set to close in January 2018.

Dumat Al Jandal project is part of the round one of the NREP.  It  also comprises 300 MW of solar PV project in Sakaka, Al Jouf region, for which the bid opening will take place on October 3 and winning bids will be announced on November 27.

The Dumat Al Jandal and Sakaka projects are both 100 per cent private IPP programs, which will be backed by 20- and 25-year power purchase agreements, respectively.

Commenting on the progress of the NREP, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Engineer Khalid Al-Falih, said: “We are moving forward to diversify the kingdom’s energy mix and to build a more sustainable and cleaner energy system that benefits Saudi Arabia and its citizens. Round two of the NREP will be launched before the end of this year, keeping us firmly on track to deliver 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2023.”

Al-Falih added: “The NREP will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7,000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP and nurturing a clean tech startup industry; it is a program designed to boost the domestic renewable value chain and encourage foreign direct investment in the kingdom, bringing prosperity to our citizens as part of the goals established in Vision 2030.”

Technical criteria for round one NREP projects include a 30 per cent local content requirement. This requirement will increase in future rounds to stimulate the growth of a globally competitive and sustainable renewable energy supply chain in Saudi Arabia, the report said.

Companies that have been qualified for bidding include: Masdar, Acwa Power, Akuo Energy, Acciona Energia Global,   JGC Corporation, Elecnor, SNC-Lavalin Arabia, EDF Energies Nouvelles; Enel Green Power; Vestas Middle East; Enercon; GE; International Power; Korean Electric Power Corporation (Kepco); Marubeni Corporation; Mitsui & Co; Siemens Project Ventures; Sumitomo Corporation; and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC).

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