Siemens casts shadow on solar project

01 September 2006

A consortium of Germany's Siemens and Cobra of Spain has withdrawn from the bidding for the estimated $250 million contract to develop the country's first solar hybrid power plant at Ain Beni Mathar.

Two other groups submitted technical bids on 30 November for the new plant, which will have capacity of 230-250 MW. They are: a team of Canada's SNC Lavalin and the US' General Electric; and a consortium of Spain's Abengoa and France's Alstom. The contract calls for a 24-month engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase and a five-year operation and maintenance (O&M) phase. Commercial bids are due at the end of September. The client is state electricity company Office National de l'Electricite. Germany's Fichtner is the consultant (MEED 5:5:06).

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