Egypt's Ministry of Electricity to receive bids for first ever solar PV plant

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Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity is set to receive bids for a tender by the country’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) to build a 200 MW PV plant in the southern Egyptian province of Aswan.

Both local and international investors are being invited to lodge bids for the rights to build, own and operate the plant, which will be Egypt’s first solar PV installation.

An initial auction date of July 25 has been pushed back – first to September 30 then again to October 20 – to allow interested companies to better prepare their bid presentations.

The NREA’s chairman, Sha’ban Khalaf, said that the installation will comprise ten individual PV plants, each boasting a 20 MW capacity, remarking that companies able to demonstrate previous success in constructing and operating solar PV farms would be given preference in the tender.

The project forms part of Egypt’s five-year solar energy plan, which was implemented in 2012 and is hoped will bring 3,500 MW of solar power to the grid by 2017. Of that, 700 MW will be delivered by PV farms, the Ministry of Electricity report, while the remaining 2,800 MW expected to come from concentrated solar power.