• Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has asked for bids to develop two projects of up to 50 MW each in Saudi Arabia
  • The independent power plants will be built on land procured by SEC in Al-Jouf and Rafha regions
  • The developers can bid for the projects, and will sell all the generated power to SEC
  • As IPPs, the projects will be required to support already existing conventional plants

Saudi Arabia’s electricity utility, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), has floated tenders to develop two solar PV projects of up to 50 MW of PV capacity each. These will be independent power plants (IPP) to be located in the northern region of the country – in Al-Jouf and Rafha. The SEC will provide land for the projects.

Bids can come from a single developer or a consortium of developers, however, these IPPs will support already existing conventional plants in both the locations. They will also be required to sell all their output to SEC under long term power purchase agreements.

The last date for the submission of bids is June 20, 2016. More details are available here.

Saudi Arabia was recently in the news when it revised its renewable energy targets to 9.5 GW by 2023 (see Saudi Arabia Slashes Renwables Target). Now, it apparently plans to focus more on the development of natural gas.