Saudi Arabia opens bids for first major wind power project

25 July 2018
Winner to be announced on 18 December 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) has opened four bids for the planned 400MW Dumat al-Jandal wind power project, the second project under Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP).

MEED understands that Repdo will now evaluate the proposals, with the contract expected to be awarded to the successful company 18 December 2018. Repdo received the four proposals on 17 April.

The four groups that submitted proposals and their levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) offers (halalas per kWh) are:

  • Acwa Power (local): 10.1132
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles (France): 7.99689
  • Enel Green Power (Italy): 12.71369
  • Engie (France): 8.870

The contract is backed by a 20-year power-purchase agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC).

In February 2018, Repdo awarded the contract for the first project under the NREP, the 300MW Sakaka photovoltaic 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. In January 2018, Turki al-Shehri, head of Repdo, announced it was aiming to tender 4GW of renewable energy projects before the end of 2018.

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