Tender has been cancelled for 100MW West of Nile concentrated solar power (CSP) project, which was planned to be developed as an independent power producer (IPP) project. The project has been postponed as a result of Egypt achieving a surplus of capacity in the grid after a number of thermal power and renewable energy projects were completed over the past three years
The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has cancelled the tender for a 100MW concentrated solar power (CSP) solar project in the West of Nile area.
The client notified prequalified bidders that that the request for proposals (RFP) for the independent power producer (IPP) project had been cancelled.
The client also recently cancelled the tender for a planned 200MW photovoltaic (PV) IPP planned at the West of Nile site, according to sources close to the project.
Egypt has been planning to develop a mix of PV, CSP and wind energy at the West of Nile area for a number of years. Developers were first invited to participate in the bidding process for PV and wind projects in West of Nile in September 2015, with developers submitting prequalification documents in October of that year.
The projects have been postponed due to a surplus of electricity in Egypt’s grid, with the country having significantly scaled up capacity over the past five years after experiencing electricity shortages in 2014.
Egypt has set targets for renewable energy to contribute 20 per cent and 42 per cent of total energy produced by 2022 and 2035 respectively.
Egypt has made impressive progress in increasing its renewable energy capacity in recent years. As of 2018, Egypt had installed wind and solar capacities of 1,125MW and 770MW. Egypt’s installed solar capacity significantly increased in 2019 following the commissioning of 1.4GW of projects under its feed-in-tariff (FIT) programme.
By the end of 2020, an additional 200MW will have been developed under the FIT programme, and work will soon start on a 200MW PV solar IPP at Kom Ombo, to be developed by Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power.