Tunisia Launches 3rd 70 MW Auction Round

Tunisian Ministry Of Energy, Mines & Renewable Energies Issues Tender For 70 MW Solar PV To Be Awarded As 6x10 MW & 10x1 MW Capacity
08:47 AM (Beijing Time) - 17. July 2019
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Tunisia is working on its 3rd solar power tender with 70 MW of capacity up for grabs. At the same time, it is likely to announce winners for the 500 MW solar tender in September 2019, according to Reuters.

Key Takeaways

  • Tunisia has issued its 3rd solar PV tender offering 70 MW to be awarded
  • This capacity will be awarded in the form of 6 projects of 10 MW each and 10 projects of 1 MW each under the authorization regime of the country
  • Plants need to be developed on build-own-operate basis
  • Last date to submit bids is November 26, 2019

The Government of Tunisia has launched its 3rd tender round for solar power plants offering a total capacity of 70 MW to be developed. Like previous rounds, the total project capacity is divided between 6 projects of 10 MW each and another 10 projects of 1 MW each.

According to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, the  winners will need to develop and construct the projects on build-own-operate (BOO) basis. On completion, electricity generated by these plants will be purchased by the national utility Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG).

Interested bidders have time till November 26, 2019 to submit bids.

Under the first round of tenders, Tunisia awarded 64 MW out of 70 MW tendered. A 10 MW plant was launched by Eni & ETAP in May 2019 (see 10 MW Solar Project Enters Construction In Tunisia).

The second round with 70 MW was completely allocated in April 2019 (see Tunisia Announces Winners For 10 MW Solar Capacity). All the 3 tender rounds are part of the country’s authorization regime under which smaller sized projects are to be developed.

In January 2019, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) sought proposals from consultants to conduct environmental and social analysis for 5 PV projects with 500 MW cumulative capacity in Tunisia (see EBRD Seeking Consultant For 500 MW Tunisia Solar).

A June 2019 Reuters report stated that the 16 shortlisted candidates, selected under the country’s 500 MW solar PV tender launched in May 2018 under its concession regime, are expected to submit their final offers in July 2019 and the government plans to announce winners by September 2019 (see Big Names Make Beeline For 500 MW Tunisia Tender).

Anu Bhambhani

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