Fresh bids in for solar hybrid plant

13 October 2006

Revised technical bids were submitted in late September by two groups for the planned 400-MW integrated solar/combined cycle facility at Ain Beni Mathar.

The bidders are Spain's Abengoa with France's Alstom and Spain's Cobra with Siemens of Germany. The team of Canada's SNC Lavalin with the US' General Electric chose not to participate in the retender, which increases the size of the facility by 150 MW - although the client, state electricity company Office National de l'Electricite, has left open the possibility that it might opt for the smaller plant.

The contract covers a 24-36-month engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) phase and a five-year operations and maintenance (O&M) phase.Germany's Fichtner is the consultant (MEED 1:9:06).

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