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Saudi Arabia to close qualification applications for wind project

The project is expected to entrench wind as a viable source of alternative energy in the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to keep up pace with the ever growing electricity demand

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Saudi Arabia will next week close the qualification applications for its first ever wind energy project at Dumat al-Jandal project.

The project is expected to entrench wind as a viable source of alternative energy in the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to keep up pace with the ever growing electricity demand.

Recently, the energy ministry’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) announced requests to qualify for the 400 megawatt wind project in al-Jouf region, north of the kingdom.

The ministry had earlier said the Sakaka 300 MW solar PV plant and a 400 MW wind project in Midyan were part of the first round of projects.

In April, Saudi Arabia kicked off the massive renewable program in Riyadh by announcing the beginning of the bidding process for the Sakaka project, which is expected to come online by 2018-19. The Sakaka project is estimated to cost around $300 million.

Qualified bidders for the Dumat al-Jandal project will enter the request for proposal process, due to start on August 29 and close in January 2018. Companies whose pre-qualification application is unsuccessful for this round retain eligibility to participate in future rounds under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).

NREP aims to generate 9.5GW of electricity from renewable energy annually by 2023 involving 60 projects, and 3.45 GW by 2020 as part of the National Transfer Program NTP 2020 within the framework of Vision 2030.

The ministry said the first round aims to generate 700MW of renewable energy followed by 1.02GW in the second round, which will be split into 620MW solar and 400 MW wind. The bidding of the second round could happen between the fourth quarter of this year and first quarter of 2018, reported Al Sharq Al Awsat.

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