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S Arabia to choose among 4 bids in 400-MW wind tender

Wind turbines. Author: Ville-Matti Kaartinen. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

April 18 (Renewables Now) - Saudi Arabia has received four offers from local and European bidders in a 400-MW wind tender and, according to sources cited by The National, the award is expected in June.

The wind farm will be built at Dumat Al Jandal city in the north. The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) in the energy ministry announced that the four bidders are Saudi power developer ACWA Power, Enel Green Power of Italy, EDF Energies Nouvelles of France and Engie of France.

Earlier this year ACWA Power won the tender to develop the 300-MW Sakaka solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Saudi Arabia. The wind and solar tenders support the country’s goal to have 9.5 GW of renewables in 2023.

In January, a government official told The National that Saudi Arabia would launch tenders for more than 4 GW of renewable energy capacity this year under a national programme for power exports. This includes about 800 MW of wind, while the rest would be solar power, Turki Al Shehri, head of REPDO, was cited as saying.

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