Saudi Ara­bia seeks bids for first util­ity-scale wind power pro­ject

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Dubai, UAE - Saudi Ara­bia, the world’s big­gest ex­porter of crude oil, moved a step closer to­ward the con­struc­tion of its first util­i­tyscale wind power pro­ject.

The En­ergy Min­istry asked po­ten­tial bid­ders and plant de­vel­op­ers to sub­mit their qual­i­fi­ca­tions to build the 400MW plant at Du­mat al Jan­dal in the king­dom’s north­west­ern Al Jouf re­gion, it said on Sun­day in an emailed state­ment. Com­pa­nies will be able to present their qual­i­fi­ca­tions through Au­gust 10 and will have through Jan­uary to sub­mit work pro­pos­als, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Saudi Ara­bia plans to de­velop 30 so­lar and wind projects over the next ten years as part of a US$50bn pro­gramme to boost power gen­er­a­tion and cut its oil con­sump­tion. The coun­try will pro­duce ten per cent of its power from re­new­able en­ergy by 2023, En­ergy Min­is­ter Khalid al Falih said in April. Ear­lier that same month, the min­istry listed 51 com­pa­nies it said were qual­i­fied as po­ten­tial bid­ders in the Saudi re­new­able en­ergy pro­gramme.

“As we en­ter the sec­ond half of 2017, we re­main com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our am­bi­tious pro­gram re­mains on-track to de­liver the value and op­por­tu­ni­ties tar­geted,” Falih said.

The gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans to of­fer ten­ders for re­new­able en­ergy projects to gen­er­ate 700MW this year. The coun­try sought bids in April for a 300MW so­lar pro­ject and aims to an­nounce a win­ner in Novem­ber, the min­istry said.

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