Algeria launches tender for 50 MW of hybrid solar

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Energy company Shariket Kahraba wa Taket Moutadjadida (SKTM), a unit of Algerian state-owned gas and power provider Sonegalz, issued the tender for the development of off-grid hybrid gas/diesel and solar projects. Through the tender – published at the end of last year – SKTM intends to develop five projects in off-grid areas in the south of Algeria.

A first, 9 MW project consisting of 3 MW and 6 MW units is planned for Guezzem, in Tamanrasset province and a second, 7 MW project – consisting of 4 MW and 3 MW units – will be built in Djanet and Illizi, respectively, both of them in Illizi province.

A third project consisting of 10 MW and 2 MW sections will be constructed in Bordj Badji Mokhtar district, in Adrar province, and a fourth installation will comprise an 8 MW plant in Adrar and a 3 MW system in Bechar. The fifth project is intended to provide power for the town of Tindouf, near the borders with Mauritania, the disputed territory of Western Saharan and Morocco.

The deadline to submit project proposals is on March 4.

The government approved the hybrids plus a further 150 MW tender for the development of PV plants in southwestern Algeria in early June. The second tender was issued by the Algerian Electricity and Gas Regulation Commission in mid-November.

Domestic content requirements are embedded in both procurement exercises, with modules and mounting structures having to be sourced locally.

Both tenders are part of the country’s plan to deploy 22 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, including 13.6 GW of PV.