International and local utilities developers and investors are preparing to submit proposals by 3 June for the two Category B contracts under the third round of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP).

According to industry sources, firms that are planning to bid for the contract are expected to include:

  • Acwa Power/Al-Gihaz (local)
  • EDF Renewables (France)
  • Jinko Solar (China)
  • Masdar (UAE)
  • Nesma (local)

It is unclear if Masdar, EDF, Nesma and Jinko are part of the same team or have formed different teams that may include other prequalified bidders.

The category B projects comprise the 700MW solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project (IPP) in Al-Rass and the 300MW solar PV IPP in Saad.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Ministry received three bids for the 200MW category A projects under round three of its NREP.

The category A projects comprise the 120MW Wadi al-Dawasir and 80MW Layla solar PV IPPs.

The bidders are:

  • Acwa Power (local)/Public Investment Fund (local)/State Power Investment Corporation (China)
  • Total Solar (France)/Al-Blagha (local)
  • Alfanar (local)

Energy Ministry’s renewable energy division issued the request for proposals (RFP) for category A and B projects under the third round of NREP in April last year.

It prequalified 49 firms to bid for NREP’s third round. The list includes international, regional and local developers.

The Energy Ministry is overseeing the procurement of 30% of the kingdom’s target to build 58.7GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.

The ministry is expected to start the procurement process for a wind project in Yanbu and a concentrated solar power (CSP) project by year-end.

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