Tunisia reveals winners of 70 MW solar tender

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Tunisia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has published the list of the winning projects selected in the 70 MW solar tender it issued in May.

According to the document, the projects, which were preliminary approved by the Tunisian government at the beginning of May, total six 10 MW solar parks and four 1 MW ground-mounted PV installations. This means that around 6 MW of the planned capacity remained unallocated.

As for the 10 MW solar plants, one of these will be constructed in the Tataouine Governorate, southern Tunisia, by a consortium formed by Eni International, a unit of Italy’s oil group Eni, and the Tunisian state-owned oil company Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP). The two companies, on the other hand, had entered into a cooperation agreement in November 2016.

“This initiative is part of Eni’s activities relaunch in Tunisia and broadens the scope of cooperation of the two companies through implementation of renewable energy projects also targeting the optimization of the oil sites energy resources and reduction of CO2 emissions, in line with Eni’s strategic objectives,” said the Italian group at the time.

A second 10 MW project will be built in the Kasserine Governatorate, in the west-central part of the country, by the local developer Shams Technology SA, while another project of the same size is expected to be built in the Kairouan Governatorate, in northern Tunisia, by a consortium formed by local solar module manufacturer NR Sol SA, Tunisian investment firm Arab Tunisian Development SICAR (ATD), and the renewable energy developer Altus.

A fourth solar park is planned for the Sidi Bouzid Governorate in the centre of the country by EPPM Engineering Procurement & Project Managing Nozha Daoued Charfi, while another of the six winning projects, is a 10 MW facility to be built in the Sfax Governatorate, southeast of Tunis, by a consortium formed by local agricultural company Agrimed SA, Spanish solar company AE 3000 Espagne, local chemical company Alimpack, and Tunis-based AB Corporation.

The last of the 10 MW projects is a solar plant developed by Italian renewable energy developer Tozzi Green Spa in partnership with France-based Smart Energies International and Tunisian company Nizar Tounsi.

The four 1 MW projects selected were all awarded to local developers.

All of the solar parks will provide electricity to state-owned utility, Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under a long-term PPA.

The launch of a second 300 MW solar tender, which was initially set by the Tunisian government for April 27 and then delayed to the first week of May, was not announced yet.