Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it is seeking bids to build the first utility-scale wind power project in the Gulf kingdom.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources said it has released the request for proposals (RFP).
The RFP for 400MW of wind power in Dumat Al Jandal in Saudi Arabia’s Al Jouf region is now available for qualified bidders on the NREP’s dedicated eProcurement portal, a statement said.
The project is part of round one of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) which targets 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023.
REPDO said it has qualified 25 companies for the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project. Bidding for the project is set to close in January 2018.
Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said: “We are moving forward to diversify the Kingdom’s energy mix and to build a more sustainable and cleaner energy system that benefits Saudi Arabia and its citizens. Round two of the NREP will be launched before the end of this year, keeping us firmly on track to deliver 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023.
“The NREP will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7,000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP and nurturing a clean tech startup industry.”
Technical criteria for round one NREP projects include a 30 percent local content requirement, the statement said.
Round one of the NREP also comprises 300MW of Solar PV in Sakaka, Al Jouf region, for which the bid opening will take place on October 3 and winning bids will be announced on November 27.
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