Saudi Arabia cancels tenders for two 50 MW plants in Al-Jouf and Rafha

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Saudi Arabia cancels tenders for two 50 MW plants in Al-Jouf and Rafha

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has canceled the tender process for two photovoltaic solar projects just prior to submission date.

According to sources, the cancelation of the tender had been expected since the launching of 9.5 GW National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP) in February. The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources aims keep all of the major renewable energy projects under the umbrella of the NREP.

As we reported in July 2016, SEC launched a request for pre-qualifications to develop the two 50 MW projects to be located in Al-Jouf and Rafha, and in October 2017, it prequalified 18 groups:

  • Acciona Energy Global and Swicorp Company
  • International Company for Water and Power Projects
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles SA
  • Enel Green Power S.p.A
  • First Solar
  • International Power S.A
  • Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC
  • Mitsui & Co. Ltd
  • Scatec Solar ASA and Terra Sola Ventures W.L.L
  • Total Energies Developpement SAS
  • TSK Electronica y Electricidad S.A
  • ACME Cleantech Solution Pvt. Ltd
  • Fotowatio Renewable Ventures B.V
  • CGN New Energy Holdings Co. Ltd and Aljomaih Holding Company
  • Hereon Swiss Holding AGand Marubeni Corporation
  • JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd
  • Toyota Tsusho Corporation

SEC had planned to select shortlisted bidders for the projects (IPPs) by the 31 March 2017, and had aimed to sign the power purchase agreements (PPAs) on 1 May 2017. 

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