Quotes of US$ 0.0162/ kWh become Saudi Arabia shortlists companies for 1.47 GW solar tender

Apr 7, 2020 06:31 PM ET
  • Several of the globe's leading eco-friendly energy gamers have actually tabled ultra-low proposals under the 2nd round of Saudi Arabia's renewable resource program, readied to get a 1.47 GW overall.
Quotes of US$ 0.0162/ kWh become Saudi Arabia shortlists companies for 1.47 GW solar tender
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The kingdom's Renewable Power Project Development Office (REPDO) just recently determined the companies and also consortia shortlisted to establish a multitude of solar projects throughout the nation, with some recommending tolls listed below the 2-US-dollar-cent-per-kWh limit.

At 600MW in prepared capability, the Al-Faisaliah PV project is the biggest of the great deal and also will certainly be either got to a consortium led by Saudi gamer ACWA Power, or a competing collaboration led by United Arab Emirates-headquartered company Masdar.

According to REPDO, the bids for Al-Faisaliah from either side were "exceptionally close". The space in between the numbers for levelized prices of electrical power (LCOE) each had actually generated was, the federal government firm claimed, "within analytical margin of mistake".

REPDO's following action for the 600MW project will certainly be to have both consortia contend under a 'finest as well as last deal' technique. The tendering outcomes for this certain project will certainly be disclosed at some time in April 2020, the Office included.

The firm did clarify the tolls suggested for each various other project under the round-two tender. From ACWA to First Solar, Marubeni and also others, the shortlisted prospective buyers (see table listed below) suggested a large range of rates for PV plans in the 20MW-300MW range.

Shortlisted solar tolls under Saudi Arabia's NREP (rounded 2).

Project name (capacity) Jeddah PV IPP (300 MW) Rabigh PV IPP (300 MW) Qurrayat PV IPP (200 MW) Madinah PV IPP (50 MW) Rafha PV IPP (20 MW)
Shortlisted bidder #1 (tariff offered in US$) Masdar-led consortium (US$0.0162/kWh) Marubeni-led consortium (US$0.017/kWh) ACWA-led consortium (US$0.0178/kWh) Al Blagha-led consortium (US$0.019/kWh) Al Blagha-led consortium (US$0.0348/kWh)
Shortlisted bidder #2 (tariff offered in US$) ACWA-led consortium (US$0.0165/kWh) ACWA-led consortium (US$0.0175/kWh) Total Solar-led consortium (US$0.018/kWh) First Solar-led consortium (US$0.0302/kWh) First Solar-led consortium (US$0.05/kWh)

Resource: REPDO.

PV rounds of 1.47 GW and also 1.2 GW for oil-reliant kingdom.

Held under the supposed National Renewable Power Program (NREP), Saudi Arabia's tenders become part of a strategy to drive an eco-friendly boom in the room of a years. Formerly drifted targets would certainly have the nation get to significant quantities of mounted solar (40GW) as well as wind as well as others (20GW) by 2030.

The nation-- which relies upon oil profits to prop up nationwide spending plans-- has actually lately seen sharp decreases in referral barrel costs, as lockdown strategies passed as a result of the COVID-19 situation required downwards alterations of need for the nonrenewable fuel source.

Experts think nonetheless that solar development will certainly loom, in the middle of forecasts the nation will certainly be just one of a couple of worldwide "development engines"-- mounting 1-GW of PV yearly-- by 2024. NREP's round-one currently provided the 300MW Sakaka PV plant, while round-three is readied to open a more 1.2 GW.

Victors of the NREP system will certainly be awarded with a 25-year PPA, including the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) as offtaker. In return, their solar installments will certainly need to abide by a minimal 17% share of regional material, as specified under Saudi regulation.

The solar proposals of US$ 0.0162/ kWh currently being promoted in Saudi Arabia mirror the tolls of US$ 0.016953/ kWh racked up last October by a 900MW project in Dubai. The Middle Eastern solar landmarks arise after comparable numbers were reported for PV tenders in Brazil and also Portugal.

The Middle East has actually ended up being a desired target amongst Asian solar manufacturers, eager to provide a location viewed as doing not have residential production firepower. From Huawei to Jolywood, Chinese gamers just recently strolled PV Tech (see web links in advance for component one and also 2) via their relocate the area.

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