Four bids are on the shortlist for the $500m Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind project, which will be in the northern Al Jouf region of the country.
The bids are from consortia led by ACWA Power, EDF Energies Nouvelles, Enel Green Power and International Power SA, which is the Dubai branch of ENGIE.
“The Kingdom’s first utility-scale wind project opens a new chapter in our journey towards a diversified energy mix,” said energy minister said Khalid Al Falih.
“The development of a wind energy industry in Saudi Arabia is an important component of our wider industrial diversification strategy.” He said the project “will generate enough power to supply up to 70,000 Saudi households as it connects to the Northern electricity grid”.
The location for Dumat Al Jandal was chosen after predevelopment studies showed a strong mixture of wind capabilities on the site. The average annual generation from the plant is expected to be around 1.4 TWh.
The four bids will now be evaluated and the project will be awarded in December, backed by a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Saudi Power Procurement Company.