Tunisia pre-qualifies twelve for 300MW offering

TUNISIA: Twelve companies and consortiums have been pre-qualified for two development zones totalling 300MW under a build, own and operate framework (BOO).

Tunisia has roughly 245MW of installed wind capacity but is aiming for another 500MW

The two projects are for 200MW at Jbel Abdherrahmane in Nabeul governorate and 100MW at Jbel Tbaga in Kebili governorate.

This is the first phase of a tender launched in May 2018 for 500MW.

The selected candidates are:

-       Acciona with Swicorp;

-       EDF Renewables with Masdar and Mitsui;

-       Enel;

-       Globeleq Africa Holdings with Akuo Energy and HBG Holdings;

-       ACWA Power with Martifer Renewables;

-       Marubeni Corporation;

-       Nareva Renewables with Engie;

-       PowerChina;

-       Total Eren with Access Infra Africa and Lucia Holding;

-       UPC Tunisia Renewables with AC Energy International Holdings;

-       Voltalia;

-       Zorlu Enerji Electrik.

In early 2019, the candidates will be invited to bid for the 20-year concessions and the right to sign a power purchase agreement for a negotiable term with state utility STEG.

The government is also expected to announce the list of pre-selected candidates for the 200MW second phase of the tender phase, split between projects of up to 100MW on sites proposed by the developers.

In a separate move, the government is calling for 130MW of wind capacity under the first round of an authorisation regime.

Launched in May 2017, the deadline for bids was recently extended to 18 December.

Tunisia has approximately 245MW of installed wind capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, Windpower Monthly’s project database.