Jordan prequalifies firms for solar scheme

12 April 2015

Europeans dominate list of 15 prequalified companies and consortiums

  • Jordanian Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources has released a list of 15 prequalifiers for Quweira solar project
  • The project comprises engineering, procurement, construction operation and maintenance of a 65-75MW solar photovoltaic power plant
  • An earlier prequalification process was abandoned and the ministry made changes to the scope of work

Jordan’s Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) has finalised prequalifications for the Quweira solar photovoltaic plant project.

The work involves engineering, procuring and construction (EPC) of the 65-75MW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Quweira, located in southern Jordan. It also includes additional civil works and operation and management of the facility.

More than half the companies prequalified to bid for the project in 2013, before the process was abandoned. MEMR made minor changes to the scope of work before reopening prequalification in late 2014.

The 15 prequalifiers are:

  • Solairedirecte (France)
  • Belectric (Germany)
  • First Solar Electric (USA)
  • Dongfang Electric International Corporation (China)
  • Elecnor (Spain)
  • Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation (China) / China Energy Engineering Group (China) / Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology (China)
  • Isolux Ingenieria (Spain)
  • Gestamp Asetym Solar (Spain) / Hierros y Aplanaciones (Hiasa) (Spain)
  • Juwi International (Germany)
  • OHL (Spain)
  • Hanwha Q Cells (Germany)/Hanwha Q Cells Korea (South Korea) / Hanwha Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • China Gezhouba Group International Engineering (China)
  • TSK Electronica y Electricidad (Spain) / Enviromena Power Systems (UAE)
  • Metka (Greece) / Egnatia Tel (Greece)
  • SunEdison Italia Construction (Italy)

Memr has also received 33 proposals for the second round of its renewables feed-in tariff scheme. It will select four developers to carry out 50MW projects.

The 12 developers undertaking solar PV projects in the first round of feed-in tariff projects took longer than expected to reach a financial close after signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) in mid-2015. The deadline for securing financing was extended to 31 March 2015.

MEMR has not yet signed PPAs for the first round wind projects. Developers are unhappy that MEMR has lowered the feed-in tariff rate and changed grid connection requirements several times. However, they still hope to sign a PPA before the end of 2015.

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