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The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has launched a tender for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the Al-Dibdibah solar project. The project will comprise five solar generating units (SGUs), which can each have a maximum capacity of 300 MW (AC).
The project will be located 100km west of Kuwait City occupying 32 km2 within Al-Shagaya Renewable Energy Park. The procurement and construction phase is expected to take 24 months. The successful bidder will operate and maintain the generating units for 25 years after the commercial operation date, with the plant required to generate 3,150 GWh in those 25 years.
KNPC invited companies to submit Letters of Interest for the project in February last year, allegedly intending to launch a tender in July. The project has changed in scope since then, which explains the delay. LoIs were requested for a 1 GW project.
The tender documents state that prospective bidders should have international experience in the procurement, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of large PV plants. Bidders may be single contractors or consortia, though consortia must nominate Lead Members.
The submission deadline is 16 December 2018, though there are preliminary meetings that all bidders are required to attend. For more information, see the Business Opportunity.
The project is part of the Government of Kuwait's goal of a 15% renewables share by 2030. The goal was set out in 2017 as part of the Vision 2035, which aims to decrease the country's dependence on oil, and increase the diversity and sustainability of the energy mix.