Saudi Arabia is seeking tenders from 25 shortlisted companies to build 400 MW of windpower.

The Dumat Al Jandal windfarm is the first utility-scale wind project within the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Programme, which has a target to deliver 9.5 GW of renewables by 2023.

Today, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has released a Request for Proposals from 25 qualified bidders. The list includes GE, Siemens, Enel Green Power, Masdar, KEPCO and Marubeni.Saudi Arabia hits next stage for 400 MW windpower project

Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said: “We are moving forward to diversify the Kingdom’s energy mix and to build a more sustainable and cleaner energy system that benefits Saudi Arabia and its citizens.

He said the National Renewable Energy Programme “will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP and nurturing a clean tech startup industry”.

“It is a programme designed to boost the domestic renewable value chain and encourage foreign direct investment in the Kingdom.”

Round one of the National Renewable Energy Programme also involves a 300 MW solar PV project in the Al Jouf region, for which the winning bids will be announced in November.  

The Dumat Al Jandal and Sakaka projects are both 100 per cent private independent power producer programmes, which will be backed by 20- and 25-year power purchase agreements respectively.

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