March 24 (Renewables Now) - Saudi Arabia has shortlisted 49 companies and consortia that will move ahead to bid in a tender targeting 1.2 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity.
The competition is the third round of the country’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP) and will allow bidding in two categories. The first one will be open to smaller companies and covers the 80-MW Layla and the 120-MW Wadi Al Dawaser solar projects, while the 300-MW Saad and the 700-MW Ar Rass schemes will be offered in the other category.
Following a request for qualifications (RfQ) in January, the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry this week published a list of pre-qualified applicants that includes Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC, also known as Masdar, Alfanar Company, Japan's JERA Co Inc, EDF Renouvelables of France and Germany’s Ib vogt GmbH. The full list of shortlisted bidders is available on REPDO’s website.
Saudi Arabia launched NREP in 2017 to lift the share of renewables in its overall power mix. The first round of the programme facilitated the installation of the 300-MW Sakaka solar park and the 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal wind farm. The Kingdom’s goal is to have 27.3 GW of renewables capacity by 2024 and 58.7 GW by 2030.