Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is preparing to make a contract award for the consultancy role on the kingdom’s first major standalone renewables projects.

The electricity company received prices for the technical consultancy role on three major renewables schemes on 15 February. According to sources close to the scheme, the client is planning to award the contract for the consultancy role by 15th May.
The technical consultancy role will cover projects at different sites. Two 30-50MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power schemes are planned at sites in Rafha and Al-Jouf, one at each site, and a 10-50MW wind power project is planned at a site in Umiju. The schemes will be procured under the independent power project (IPP) model.

The consultancy role will include assisting with the prequalification of bidders, the evaluation of prices and the award of contracts.

Meed reports that the kingdom’s renewable energy plans were given fresh impetus in the Vision 2030, which was launched in April. As part of the development programme, Riyadh has set an initial target of installing 9.5GW of renewable energy.