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Saudi Arabia issues REQ for 400MW wind power project

Energy and industry ministry offices released a statement on receiving bids for the "Dumat al-Jandal" energy project in Al-Jawf province, expected to let out an average of 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity produced by wind turbines.

REPDO announced that the RFQ for the Dumat Al Jandal project will close on 10 August 2017, and the qualified companies will proceed to the next stage of request for proposals (RFP), which is due to launch on 29 August 2017 and close in January 2018.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest exporter of crude oil, moved a step closer toward the construction of its first utility-scale wind power project.

Saudi Arabia Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih said: "The National Renewable Energy Program is a long, and systematic path to energy and economic diversification for Saudi Arabia, and a cornerstone of the Ministry's contribution to Vision 2030". Plans are to have a tenth of the Kingdom's power generated by renewable energy sources by 2023.

"As we enter the second half of 2017, we remain committed to ensuring our ambitious program remains on track to deliver the value and opportunities targeted by the program". It will also help the kingdom boost local manufacturing and create jobs.

Saudi Arabia aims to generate 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from renewable energy annually by 2023 involving 60 projects. The shift from fossil fuels to renewables will cost some US$50 billion, to be distributed over the next decade. Of the 51 eligible companies, 24 were approved as bidders for the 400-MW wind power plant, and the rest were approved for solar power projects.

The 620 MW Shehri said will not be one site.



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