Albania Launches 140 MW Solar PV Tender

Albania’s tender for the country’s first solar power plant with 100 MW capacity doesn’t seem to have taken off exactly as desired. However, the European country is now seeking bids for a 140 MW PV project. Pictured is Berta cityscape in Albania. (Photo Credit: Julien Maury/
Albania Launches 140 MW Solar PV Tender
  • According to a report by the ACP, Albania has launched a tender to seek interested bidders for 140 MW solar power capacity
  • The large-scale project is to come up on 198 hectares of land in Karavast region in the municipalities of Fier and Divjaka
  • Maximum acceptable bid for the project is €55 per MWh and the last date to submit the same is March 16, 2020

Albania is looking for interested bidders to build a large scale solar power plant in the municipalities of Fier and Divjaka, located in the Karavast region. The project will have a capacity of 140 MW, according to the tender launched by the European country's Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy. It will be spread on 198 hectares.

The Albanian Construction Portal (ACP) reported that power generated by half of the 140 MW will be sold in the free market and half will be available at regulated prices. State owned power distribution company OSHEE will enter a 15 year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the winner.

Bids for the Divjaka Photovoltaic Park are capped at €55 ($61) per MWh, the entire project is expected to cost €100 million ($111 million).

Energy Minister Belinda Balluku was quoted by the ACP to have said that the project was designed based on a World Bank study on highest emission zones in Albania. The project has been approved by the country's National Territorial Council. 

Bids will be accepted till March 16, 2020; the final contract can be signed by May 3, 2020, as per bid conditions. 

In November 2018, a consortium of India Power Corporation Ltd., Mining Resources FZE and Midami Ltd. was selected under an auction to build the country's first solar power plant having 100 MW capacity for the winning tariff of €59.9 per MWh (see Consortium Led By Indian Firm Wins Albania Tender). However, ACP reports that there has been a delay in signing the contract for the 100 MW project which means no work has started on site as yet.

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