Lebanese private-sector projects sign PPAs

LEBANON: The state-owned utility EDL has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) for three projects totalling 202MW.

A met mast at one of the Lebanese project sites (pic: Hawa Akkar)
A met mast at one of the Lebanese project sites (pic: Hawa Akkar)

The three project companies — all joint ventures between local and international enterprises — agreed to sell the output for $107.5/MWh under a 20-year term. EDL previously offered a tariff of $113/MWh, but changed its mind.

The government issued conditional permits to the projects — 82MW Sustainable Akkar, 60MW Hawa Akkar and 60MW Lebanon Wind Power — last summer.

The developers now have 18 months in which to complete contract conditions, including environmental impact assessments, grid impact studies, geo-technical and engineering studies, and carry out a bankable wind measurement campaign in order to reach financial close.

Commercial operation is slated for 2020.

In a related move, the government has also called for expressions of interest (EOI) for another four projects of 50-100MW each, totalling 200-400MW overall, to be submitted by 12 April. The projects will again be completed under a build-own-operate basis, with the choice of location up to developers.

Winners will be offered a PPA "based on the lowest price received from the lowest bidder in all Lebanon with a sound administrative, technical and environmental proposal", the energy ministry said.

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