Saudi Arabia has moved a step closer toward the construction of its first utility-scale wind power project.

The energy ministry have asked potential bidders and plant developers to submit their qualifications to build the 400 MW plant at Dumat Al Jandal in the kingdom’s Al Jouf region. Companies will be able to present their qualifications through August 10th and will have through January to submit work proposals, according to a statement.

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) issued the request for qualification (RFQ) for the project.
Wind turbines on a desert landscape
EPDO is part of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

The wind project is considered to be the first utility scale wind project in the country and is part of the first round of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).

Saudi Arabia plans to develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of a $50bn program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption. The country will produce 10 per cent of its power from renewable energy by 2023, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in April.

“As we enter the second half of 2017, we remain committed to ensuring our ambitious programme remains on-track to deliver the value and opportunities targeted,” Al-Falih said in the statement.

The government has announced plans to offer tenders for renewable energy projects to generate 700 MW this year.

As per NREP, it plans to produce 9.5GW of renewable energy 2023 to support the country’s Vision 2030 and it includes 3.5GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020 under the National Transformation Program (NTP).