Dubai: DEWA 800 MW tender attracts big interest, bidders revealed

The third phase of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) 800 MW solar PV tender has attracted a varied array of some of the world’s largest international solar and renewable energy developers, DEWA has confirmed.

Companies including SunEdison, JinkoSolar, REC Solar, EDF-Nebras, FRV-Masdar and ACWA Power have all submitted bids as part of the request for qualification (RFQ) phase, and have been joined by an equally large mix of smaller companies and new entrants into the Middle East solar sector, such as Acciona-Swicorp.

What distinguishes this 800 MW tender from DEWA’s previous 100 MW prequalification round is the stringent qualification criteria being asked of the bidders. The strategic nature of this landmark PV project – which will see DEWA hold around a 60% share – means that the authority is insisting on high levels of technical and financial planning at the proposal stage.

The ambition and technical benchmark set in Phase III has meant that only 20 companies have submitted responses – some way below the 49 RFQ documents received in 2014 for DEWA’s Phase II, 200 MW tender.

DEWA added that the RFP round of this tender will be unveiled early next year, while commissioning is scheduled to commence in various phases from 2018. DEWA will purchase all solar energy generated at the project – which is to be called the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – via 25-year PPAs.