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Saudi Arabia invites prequalification for 400 MW wind power project
16 July 2017
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources announced on Sunday that it has issued the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for 400 MW of wind power as part of round one of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).
The Kingdom's first utility-scale wind project would be located in Dumat Al Jandal in the Al Jouf region, a REPDO press statement said.
It said the RFQ window for the project closes on 10 August 2017 when qualified companies will proceed to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage as either "managing members," "technical members" or both, based on their experience in delivering Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects of this scale.
The RFP process is due to launch on 29 August 2017 and close in January 2018, the statement added.
Round one of NREP includes the initial tender for 300 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) in Sakaka which was issued on 17 April 2017. The RFP submission deadline for Sakaka is September 2017 and the winning bid will be announced in November 2017.
The press statement quoted Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources as saying the release of Dumat Al Jandal's RFQ and upcoming RFP next month ensures that the country remains on course to tender 700 MW in round one this year.
REPDO said the Dumat Al Jandal Wind Power project and Sakaka Solar PV project will be backed by 20 and 25-year power purchase agreements respectively, and bidders for both projects are required to meet local content targets designed to support development of a domestic renewable energy value chain.
The NREP targets 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2023 in support of Vision 2030 with an interim target of 3.45 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020 under the National Transformation Programme.
(Writing by Anoop Menon) © Zawya Projects News 2017