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Saudi Arabia receives four bids for 400MW wind power project

The bidders include ACWA Power, the renewable energy units of European utilities Electricite de France and Enel SpA, and Engie SA’s International Power.

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The wind plant, to be located at Dumat Al Jandal city in Saudi Arabia’s northwest, will be the first of its kind
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The wind plant, to be located at Dumat Al Jandal city in Saudi Arabia’s northwest, will be the first of its kind

Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) has received four bids for the country's first 400-megawatt Dumat Al Jandal wind plant in Al-Jouf.

The bidders include ACWA Power, the renewable energy units of European utilities Electricite de France and Enel SpA, and Engie SA’s International Power.

The bids will remain sealed until the opening bid ceremony, the statement said. Sources close to the bid process have revealed that the wind project is expected to be awarded in late June.

Saudi Arabia, which largely burns oil to generate power, has set ambitious targets to add 9.5 Gigawatts of renewables by 2023, as it looks to sell more of its crude to export markets. The Saudi energy ministry’s renewables office is expected to tender 3.25GW of solar and 800MW of wind capacity this year alone.

Paddy Padmanathan, chief executive at Saudi renewables developer Acwa Power, told The National newspaper last month that the kingdom would break ground on the wind project this year.

"The wind project should not only be awarded this year, it should go to construction this year. I expect it to be awarded and in financial close this year,” he said in Dubai at the time.

Mr Padmanathan, whose company won the kingdom’s first 300MW solar photovoltaic project earlier this year, said Saudi Arabia would likely tender the capacities in “11 renewables tenders” - eight for PV and two for wind.



Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, plans to develop 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2023 in an initial push to reduce its reliance on crude and natural gas.

The wind plant, to be located at Dumat Al Jandal city in Saudi Arabia’s northwest, will be the first of its kind under the national program.

In February, Saudi Arabia awarded its first international tender, with ACWA Power winning the contest to build a 300-megawatt solar plant at Sakaka in the same region.

The northwest, which the government is seeking to develop, has some of the most favorable winds in the kingdom for producing power. State-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. started a wind turbine at one of its industrial sites in the region in January 2017, the nation’s first such facility, according to Bloomberg.

Last month, the Kingdom and Japan’s SoftBank Group signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a $200 billion, 200 gigawatts of solar power project by 2030.

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