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Alfanar, First Solar eyeing Saudi power project contract

DAMMAM (Saudi Arabia), February 4, 2020

Saudi-based construction group Alfanar said its consortium comprising Al Blagha Group and DTI, has emerged as a key bidder for Renewable Energy Project Development Office's (Repdo) 70MW [Madinah and Rafha] Solar Round II project besides US-based group First Solar.

A part of of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Repdo had recently received these bids under Category A project within Round II of its National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), which includes six solar power schemes with a total photovoltaic capacity of 1.47 GW.  

Round I was launched by the Saudi organisation in 2017 with key projects including Sakaka 300 MW solar PV project, now connected to the national electricity grid, and Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind project, currently under construction. This was followed by Round II launch in July last year.

A major player in the region, alfanar is primarily engaged in manufacturing of a wide range of low, medium and high voltage electrical construction products besides EPC solutions for conventional and renewable power plants, allied engineering services and design engineering.

The Dammam-based group has built up an international presence throughout much of the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and European region.

The other bidder, First Solar, is an American manufacturer of solar panels, and a leading provider of utility-scale PV power plants besides supporting services that include finance, construction, maintenance and end-of-life panel recycling

The deadline for receiving proposals for Round Two projects was set at January 20, 2020 and February 3, 2020 for categories B and A respectively.

Round Three projects have been divided into two categories: Category A which target smaller
companies, includes Layla 80 MW solar PV and Wadi Al Dawaser 120 MW solar PV projects,
and Category B which includes Saad 300 MW solar PV and Ar Rass 700 MW solar PV projects, said Repdo's Head Faisal Alyemni.

"Round Three will carry a minimum requirement of 17% local content as calculated by the mechanisms defined by the Local Content & Government Procurement Authority, which aims to increase the value-added contribution of products and services in the national economy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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