Saudis Seek Bids for 1st Utility-Scale Wind Plant

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

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Its energy ministry asked potential bidders and plant developers to submit their bids to build the 400-megawatt plant at Dumat Al Jandal in the kingdom's northwestern Al Jouf region, it said on Sunday in an emailed statement, Bloomberg reported. The RFQ window will close on August 10 and the qualified companies will then proceed to the request for proposals (RFP) stage. NREP seeks to have 3.45 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020 and a total of 9.5 GW by 2023. Bidding closes in January next year, the ministry's Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) said.

Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih said: "The National Renewable Energy Program is a long, and systematic path to energy and economic diversification for Saudi Arabia, and a cornerstone of the Ministry's contribution to Vision 2030".

"As we enter the second half of 2017, we remain committed to ensuring our ambitious program remains on track to deliver the value and opportunities targeted by the program".

In April 2017, REPDO started the initial bidding process for the 300MW solar power project in Sakakah.

Winning bidders will build, own and operate the power plants in partnership with the government; the Dumat al-Jandal project will be backed by a 20-year power purchase agreement and Sakaka, by a 25-year agreement. It will also help the kingdom boost local manufacturing and create jobs.

REPDO is part of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. Shehri said he expects solar projects to be dominant in the near future.

The 620 MW Shehri said will not be one site.

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