Saudi Arabia seeks bid for 400MW utility-scale wind power project

Saudi Arabia has shortlisted 25 companies in a tender to develop the kingdom’s first utility-scale wind power project, a 400MW facility in the Dumat Al Jandal region.

The Middle Eastern nation’s Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources’ renewable energy project development office (REPDO) issued a request for proposals for the project, as part of its national renewable energy programme (NREP).

Under the programme, REPDO aims to generate 3.45GW of clean energy by 2020, while also intending to produce 9.5GW by 2023 to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme.

Bidding for the project is set to conclude by January next year, with companies selected in the tender thus far including Acciona Energía Global, EDF Energies Nouvelles and General Electric.

“The NREP will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7,000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP, and nurturing a clean tech startup industry,” said Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih.

“It is a programme designed to boost the domestic renewable value chain and encourage foreign direct investment in the kingdom, bringing prosperity to our citizens as part of the goals established in Vision 2030.”