The Saudi Arabia REPDO has issued the list of all the pre-qualified bidders in round three of the Kingdom’s NREP for four solar PV projects worth 1.2 GW
The Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) has issued the list of all the pre-qualified bidders in round three of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) which is comprised of four Solar PV projects with a combined generation capacity of 1.2 GW.
The list of pre-qualified applicants includes ACWA Power, ENERCO, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Alfanar Company, Almabani General Contractors, Marubeni Corporation, Canadian Solar UK Projects Limited, EDF Renouvelables, Scatec Solar Noor Communications Company Limited, Rays Power Infra Private Limited, and First Solar among others.
The Round Three projects will be divided into two categories: “Category A” which target smaller companies, includes Layla 80 MW solar PV and Wadi Al Dawaser 120 MW solar PV projects, while “Category B” includes Saad 300 MW solar PV and Ar Rass 700 MW solar PV projects.
For projects under Category A, the applicant should have the experience as a developer for 15 years and should have developed at least 300 MW of projects globally. For projects under Category B, the bidders were required to have prior experience of developing a minimum capacity of 500 MW in the last 15 years. Besides this, the developer should have an experience of 15 years as a developer for a minimum capacity of 200 MW of solar projects.
Eng. Faisal Alyemni, Head of Renewable Energy Projects Development Office had stated previously that projects within Round Three will carry a minimum requirement of 17 percent local content as calculated by the mechanisms defined by the Local Content & Government Procurement Authority, which aims to increase the value-added contribution of products and services in the national economy.
Launched in 2017, REPDO tendered the first round of renewable energy projects which included the Sakaka 300 MW solar PV project, now connected to the national electricity grid, and Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind project, currently under construction. On July 18, 2019, REPDO launched Round Two of the NREP which comprised of six solar PV projects amounting to 1,470 MW. The deadline for receiving proposals for Round Two projects was January 20, 2020, and February 3, 2020, for categories B and A respectively.
Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) is a long term, multifaceted renewable energy program designed to balance the domestic power energy mix, whilst implementing KSA’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to avoid carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. The NREP is managed and executed by the Ministry of Energy, directly supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.