Tunisia picks bidders for 800 MW of solar, wind projects
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Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises has prequalified 16 companies and consortia for a 500-MW solar tender and 12 parties for a 300-MW wind auction.
Among the prequalified parties for the photovoltaic (PV) tender are names such as Masdar, EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), Acciona Energia, Canadian Solar, Enel Green Power, Engie, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, ACWA Power and Scatec Solar.
In May 2018, the ministry published calls for pre-qualification applications in connection with two tenders, one for 500 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants and one for 500 MW of wind farms. The solar tender concerns five projects -- 50 MWp in the governorate of Tozeur, 50 MWp in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, 100 MWp in the governorate of Kairouan, 100 MWp in Gafsa governorate and 200 MWp in Tataouine governorate. In the wind tender, on the other hand, the ministry is looking for developers of 200 MW of wind power capacity at Jbel Abderrahmane in Nabeul governorate and a further 100 MW at Jbel Tbaga in the governorate of Kebili. The sites for the two projects will be provided by the state, while interested developers should propose locations for the remaining 200-MW portion of the tender.