Tenders 2018 for energy projects
Interested in the Tenders 2018? This is a Top 10 list of renewable energy tender forecast for 2018 and beyond.
With some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world and its windy coastlines, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is a natural home for renewable energy.
Tenders Middle East and North Africa
- Saudi Arabia – Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW Wind Power Project
Offtaker: Saudi Electricity Company Location: Dumat Al Jandal, Al Jouf Region This is the first utility-scale wind power project under Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). The Ministry of Energy’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) invited bids in August from 25 pre-qualified companies, who will proceed to the RFP stage. The project will be backed by a 20-year power purchase agreement.
- 29 August 2017: RFP issued – bids invited from 24 shortlisted companies
- January 2018: Bidding set to close
- Saudi Arabia – Sakaka 300 MW Solar PV project
Offtaker: Saudi Electricity Company Location: Sakaka, Al Jouf Region This is the first utility-scale solar power project under Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). It is also the first of 60 greenfield projects to be tendered over the next seven years in Saudi Arabia as the country pursues a target of 9.5GW of renewables by 2023. The tender has attracted record-low bids, with the lowest at 1.78 US cents/ kWh (Masdar-EDF), followed by 2.3 US cents/kWh, (ACWA Power). The project will be backed by a 25-year PPA.
- 10 April 2017: 27 out of 128 companies qualified
- 17 April 2017: RFP issued – bids invited from shortlisted companies
- 3 October 2017: Eight bids submitted by pre-qualified consortia
- 27 November 2017: Winner to be announced
- 27 January 2018: Contract to be awarded
- 28 February 2018: Financial closing
- 2019: Commissioning
- Saudi Arabia – Round 2 of the NREP
Offtaker: Saudi Electricity Company Location: Various sites The RFQs for Round Two of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program will go live during the last quarter of 2017. The projects will feature tenders for 1,020 MW of capacity, comprising a 400MW wind farm in Doumat Al Jandal and 620 MW of solar-PV projects across various sites.
- Q4 2017: Launch of Round Two
- Kuwait – Dibdibah Solar Power Plant
Offtaker: Kuwait National Petroleum Company Location: Within the Shagaya Renewable Energy Park, 100km west of Kuwait Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), invited expressions of interest for the Dibdibah solar-power plant in May 2017, with a submission deadline of September 7, 2017 (extended to September 28). The 1 GW project is estimated to cost $1.2 billion and generate 2,500 GWh per year, or half of the country’s targeted renewable energy output. KNPC plans to launch the tender for the project in the first quarter of 2018. The winning bidder will design, build, operate and maintenance the 32-squarekilometre solar power plant. The solar power plant will save burning 5.2 million barrels of oil a year and is part of the country’s plan to source 15% of its electricity needs from renewable energies by 2030. KPC will contribute to this target by securing 15% of the oil sector’s electricity demand from solar power by 2020.
- 28 September 2017: EOI submission deadline
- Q1 2018: Tender to be issued
- End of 2020: Commercial operation date
- Morocco – Noor Midelt Solar Hybrid Complex
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) Location: Northeast of Midelt, Central Morocco Noor Midelt Phase I consists of two solar hybrid plants, each with 150- 190 MW CSP capacity and a minimum of five hours of thermal storage. The capacity of the PV component, which is expected to provide daytime generation, is left to the bidders’ discretion, but cannot exceed nighttime CSP net capacity by more than 20%. The project will be developed through an IPP scheme and have an overall capacity of around 800 MW. MASEN issued the RFP in July 2016 and received proposals from seven applicants by November of the same year.
In June 2017, MASEN prequalified five teams for the solar complex and invited them to submit their proposals by October 12, 2017 – a deadline which was recently postponed for two months. The final results of the RFP will be released by end of 2018. Noor Midelt Phase I will receive a $25 million loan from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF) in addition to $25 million in CTF resources provided by the African Development Bank and the World Bank. The entire solar complex will cover an area of about 2,400 hectares, some 25km northeast of the city of Midelt.
- June 2017: Five consortia prequalified
- Mid-December 2017: RFP deadline
- End of 2018: Winners to be announced
- Bahrain – Solar IPP Project
Offtaker: Bahrain Electricity & Water Authority Location: TBA Bahrain plans to tender a 100 MW solar power plant in the first quarter of 2018, using the IPP model. The country’s cabinet gave the green light to the project on 19 September 2017. The power plant is expected to be completed in 2019 and will support Bahrain’s target of producing 5% of its electricity demand from renewables by 2025. Bahrain is increasingly recognizing the importance of renewable energy and appointed Italy’s CESI in July 2017 to support its endeavours. The technical consulting and engineering firm will assist the government in developing regulatory requirements to connect and distribute renewable energy to the grid. Bahrain also opened its first solar panel factory in early 2017 with an initial production capacity of 60,000 panels a year. Key dates:
- Q1 2018: RFQ launch
- 2019: Commercial operation date
- Egypt – Gulf of Suez Wind Farm
Offtaker: The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy Location: Gulf of Suez, northern end of the Red Sea (400km southeast of Cairo) Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) invited prequalifications for this project between 20 April and 29 May 2017. The scope of work entails the design, construction and commissioning of a 250 MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez, to be built under a turnkey EPC contract. In July 2017, four out of 21 international companies were prequalified and requested to submit proposals by mid-August, including Vestas, Siemens, Enercon and Ray Power. The wind farm is being jointly funded by the Agence Francaise de Developpement, European Investment Bank, European Commission, German Financial Cooperation through KFW, and the Egyptian government. Egypt aims to generate 20% of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, with wind providing 12%, hydropower 5.8%, and solar 2.2%. The solar energy plan aims to install 3.5 GW by 2027; including 2.8 GW of PV and 700 MW of CSP – as well as 7.2 GW of wind by 2022.
- 20 April – 29 May 2017: RFQ window
- July 2017: Four out of 121 companies prequalified
- Oman: Solar-Hybrid Rural Project
Offtaker: Rural Areas Electricity Company Location: Musandam, Al Wusta and Dhofar The Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) of Oman is currently conducting feasibility studies at about 11 locations across the country for solar hybrid projects. Once the sites are determined, the authority will issue requests for proposals to set up the projects. The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 or early 2018 and the locations being studied include Musandam, Al Wusta and Dhofar. RAECO plaEgypsns to convert the diesel power plants that it operates into hybrid solar-diesel systems as transporting gas to remote areas is difficult and costly. The government authority aims to generate 25% of its energy needs in these locations from renewables.
- End of 2017/
- Early 2018: RFQ launch
- Oman – Solar IPP Project
Offtaker: Oman Power & Water Procurement Company Location: TBA Oman’s utility Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP) plans to procure the country’s first large-scale solar project in late 2017. The company issued an RFP in July 2017 to seek legal advisors for the tendering of the plant. This followed a similar RFP for financial and commercial advisory services for the project in May. The 200 MW solar PV plant will be connected to the country’s main interconnected system and developed as an independent power project. According to OPWP’s seven-year statement for 2017-2023, the tender is scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the contract will be awarded by the third quarter of 2018. The power plant should be operational by 2020. Oman is also setting up a solar panel factory through a collaboration between Chinese firm Ningxia Zhongke Jiaye New Energy & Technology Management Co. and Oman Investment Fund. The companies signed an agreement for the $94-million solar-panel venture in May 2017. The facility will be built in Duqm free zone and will have an initial production capacity of 400 MW.
- Q4 2017: RFQ launch
- Q1 2018: RFP to be issued
- Q2 2018: Bids due
- Q3 2018: Contract to be awarded
- 2020: Commercial operation date
- Tunisia – Solar & Wind Power Auction
Offtaker: Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG) Location: TBA The Tunisian government, through the Department of Energy, invited tenders for 70 MW of solar and 140 MW of wind energy projects in May 2017. With a budget of around $164.2 million, the auction includes small-scale and utility scale plants. For the solar capacity, 10 MW will be allocated for projects of up to 1 MW each, while 60 MW will be spread over projects of up to 10 MW each. The deadline for bid submissions is 15 November 2017. For the wind energy facilities, 20 MW will be offered for projects of up to 5 MW each, while 120 MW will be auctioned in projects of up to 30 MW each. The deadline to submit bids for 70 MW of the wind capacity is 15 November 2017, while for the remaining 70 MW of wind power, it is 15 August 2018. Overall, Tunisia plans to auction 1 GW of renewable energy capacity between 2017 and 2020, with a long-term target of installing 4.7 GW by 2030, or about 30% of the country’s electricity mix.
- May 2017: RFP launched
- 15 November 2017: Deadline for bid submission (70 MW solar and 70 MW wind)
- 15 August 2018: Deadline for bid submission (70 MW wind)
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