Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources’ renewable energy project development office (REPDO) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a new 400MW windpower project in Dumat Al Jandal.
The proposed plant represents the first utility-scale windpower project to be developed under the country’s national renewable energy programme (NREP), which aims to generate 3.45GW by 2020 under the national transformation programme (NTP).
NREP also intends to produce 9.5GW of energy by 2023 to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme.
Bidding for the Dumat Al Jandal project is set to close by January next year.
REPDO has qualified 25 companies, which will be able to move forward to the RFP stage as either ‘managing members’, ‘technical members’, or a combination of both. The unsuccessful bidder in this round will be able to take part in the future request for quotations (RFQ) and RFPs under the NREP.
Saudi Arabia Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih said: “We are moving forward to diversify the Kingdom’s energy mix and to build a more sustainable and cleaner energy system that benefits Saudi Arabia and its citizens.
“Round two of the NREP will be launched before the end of this year, keeping us firmly on track to deliver 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023.
“The NREP will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7,000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP, and nurturing a clean tech startup industry.
"It is a programme designed to boost the domestic renewable value chain and encourage foreign direct investment in the Kingdom, bringing prosperity to our citizens as part of the goals established in Vision 2030.”