The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) has issued the request for proposals, RFPs, for Round Two of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP).
The RFP for two ‘Category A’ projects was issued on Thursday, following the issuance of RFP for four ‘Category B’ solar projects on July 18th, Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported on Thursday.
The six Round Two projects will see a total solar PV capacity of 1.47 gigawatts (GW) tendered to qualified companies.
In June 2019, REPDO qualified 60 companies, including 28 from Saudi Arabia. Qualified companies will now proceed to the RFP stage as either managing member, technical member, or under a newly-created category of ‘local managing member’. This new category will encourage greater local and international partnerships during the forming of bidding consortiums.
Round Two projects have been divided into two categories: ‘Category A’ for smaller projects and ‘Category B’ for larger projects. ‘Category A’ projects require consortium members to partner with at least one local managing member.
Projects within Round Two will carry a minimum requirement of 17 percent local content as calculated by the mechanisms defined by the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority (LCGPA), which aims to increase the value-added contribution of products and services in the national economy.
The six projects being tendered within Round Two represent the first half of REPDO’s 2019 project development pipeline. A further six projects will be tendered by the last quarter of the year and will constitute Round Three of the NREP.
Proposals for Round Two ‘Category B’ projects must be submitted by 18 November 2019, and the deadline for ‘Category A’ projects is 3 December 2019, said the SPA report.