EXCLUSIVE: Jordan sets time for opening solar bids

09 September 2018
Client has qualified 14 groups for solar commercial bid opening

Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco) will open the commercial bids for the third round of its renewable energy programme at 12pm Jordan time on 9 September.

MEED recently reported that Nepco had qualified 14 of the 16 bidding groups for the commercial bid opening for the third round of its renewable energy programme. According to sources close to the project, Nepco conducted technical clarifications with 16 bidders over a period of four months, and has qualified 14 of the proposals. The client will now proceed to open commercial bids for the (photovoltaic) PV solar projects.

The 14 qualified groups for the commercial bid opening are:

  • Voltalia (France)
  • Solarpack Corporacion Technologica (Spain) / Xenel International (Saudi Arabia)
  • Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia) / Chint Solar (China)
  • TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis (China)
  • First Solar (US)
  • Neoen (US) / Catalyst Mena Clean Energy (local)
  • Masdar (UAE)
  • Adenium Capital (UAE) / ET Solutions (Germany) / Ahmad Yousef al-Tarawneh & Partner (local)
  • Hanwha Energy (South Korea)/ Kepco (South Korea) / Arabia Trading & Consulting (local)
  • FRV Solar Holdings (Spain / Saudi Arabia)
  • RAI Energy International (US) / Jordan Company
  • Jinko Solar (China)
  • Kawar Investment Company (local) / Canadian Solar
  • Phelan Energy Group (South Africa)

Out of the remaining 14 bidders, 13 submitted 50MW base proposals plus 100MW additional proposals. The Adenium consortium was the only group to have solely submitted a 50MW base proposal.

Under the third round, Jordan’s Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) has set a target to develop 200MW of PV solar at a designated site in the Maan area, with 100MW of wind power projects to be developed in the southern part of Jordan at a site to be chosen by the developer. Proposals for the wind projects are due on 1 November.

Successful applicants in the third round will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MEMR, which will enable them to proceed with measurement campaigns, feasibility studies and technical integration plans for connection into the national grid, as well as other relevant preparatory work.

The invited participants will then submit a direct proposal within the required timeframe to MEMR, after which the client will select the best projects with which to proceed. Submitted proposals will be ranked according to price, and the bids with the lowest tariffs will be selected as preferred bidders.

Selected developer consortiums will form project companies to operate as independent power producers (IPP) under a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with the Jordanian government offtaker Nepco, for a period of 20-25 years.

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