Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued the request for qualifications for round three of solar plan
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued the request for qualifications (RFQ) for round three of its plan to build up solar power capacity in the kingdom.
The third round of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) is comprised of four solar PV projects with a combined generation capacity of 1,200MW.
Round three projects will be divided into two categories – Category A which target smaller companies, includes Layla 80MW solar PV and Wadi Al Dawaser 120MW solar PV projects, while Category B includes Saad 300MW solar PV and Ar Rass 700MW solar PV projects.
Faisal Alyemni, head of Renewable Energy Projects Development Office said that projects within round three will carry a minimum requirement of 17 percent local content in a bid 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 Sakaka 300MW solar PV project, now connected to the national electricity grid, and Dumat Al Jandal 400MW wind project, currently under construction.
In July 2019, REPDO launched round two of the NREP which comprised of six solar PV projects amounting to 1,470MW. The deadline for receiving proposals for round two projects is January 20 and February 3 for categories B and A respectively.
The RFQ window for the round three projects closes on February 6, when deadline for statement of qualifications (SOQ) submissions occurs.