The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued the Request for Proposals for Round Three Category B Solar photovoltaic (PV) Projects which are part of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). Request for Proposals for Round Three Category A Solar photovoltaic (PV) Projects are expected to release during April end/May 2020. Round Three is included of four Solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined generation capacity of 1,200 megawatts. The projects, which are located on four sites in the central region of the Kingdom, will be as follows:
Category A: Category A will consist of two projects of total Capacity 200MW
- Layla Solar PV IPP with a capacity of 80 MW to be located in the Aflaj Province, approximately 300 km from Riyadh city
- Wadi Al Dawaser Solar PV IPP with a capacity of 120 MW to be located in the central Province, approximately 600 km from Riyadh city
Category B: Category B will consist of two projects of total Capacity 1000MW:
- Ar Rass Solar PV IPP with a capacity of 700 MW to be located in the central Province, approximately 420 km from Riyadh city
- Saad Solar PV IPP with a capacity of 300 MW
The tendering methodology for Round Three will continue the strategy established by the Ministry of Energy in Round Two of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), whereby smaller projects, namely the Wadi Ad Dawasir 120 megawatt Solar photovoltaic (PV) IPP and the Layla 80 megawatt Solar photovoltaic IPP, labeled as ‘Category A’, will have relaxed qualification criteria allowing for local developers to participate in the NREP as lead members.
The two larger projects, namely the Ar Rass 700 megawatt Solar photovoltaic IPP and the Saad 300 MW Solar photovoltaic IPP, labeled ‘Category B’, are targeted towards attracting international developers to further invest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia It has received on the six of February 2020 a total of 83 applications of which, a total of 49 companies have been pre-qualified for lead roles, including 28 local Saudi companies. Pre-qualified companies will now proceed to the RFP stage as either a Managing Member and/or Technical Member and/or Local Managing Member (the latter only applying to Round Three ‘Category A’ projects). In light of business and travel restrictions during this time, the Ministry of Energy has extended the RFP timeframe on this round of projects from four to six months.
Additionally, the Ministry will be hosting virtual meetings to facilitate bidders’ conferences. Proposals from prospective bidders will be submitted online through the Ministry’s NREP procurement portal. Round Three projects will carry a minimum requirement of 18percent local content as calculated by the mechanisms defined by the Local Content & Government Procurement Authority (LCGPA), which aims to increase the value-added contribution of products and services in the national economy.
All projects tendered by The Ministry of Energy are 100percent IPPs backed by 25-year Power Purchase Agreements with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) as offtaker. Since its inception, The Ministry of Energy, through the NREP, has pre-developed and tendered 2,170 MW of renewable energy capacity in the Kingdom, of which 700 MW was awarded in 2019 and a further 1,470 MW will be awarded in 2020.
At present the bid submission date for Round Three Category B Projects is 06 September 2020.