EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia shortlists bidders for wind project

13 November 2018
Client opened tariff proposals for Dumat al-Jandal wind project in August

Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) has shortlisted the consortium of France’s EDF and UAE’s Masdar as the preferred bidder for its planned 400MW Dumat al-Jandal wind project in Saudi Arabia.

According to sources close to the project, the EDF/Masdar consortium has been shortlisted as the number one bidder, with the local Acwa Power selected as reserve bidder.

MEED reported in August that Repdo had opened the commercial proposals for the Dumat al-Jandal wind project, having received bids in April. The EDF/Masdar consortium submitted the lowest levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) bid of 7.996 halalas per kWh, with Acwa Power submitted a tariff price of 10.1132 halalas per kWh.

The winning developer will develop the wind project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC).

In February this year, Repdo awarded the contract for the first project under the National Renewable energy Programme (NREP), the 300MW photovoltaic (PV) Sakaka solar project, to a consortium led by the local Acwa Power.

The first two projects are part of a 9.5GW pipeline of clean energy projects the kingdom is planning to develop by 2023.

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