Algeria extends deadline for 1GW solar projects

24 Jun 2022
Algeria extends deadline for 1GW solar projects

The state-owned Algerian Renewable Energy Company (SHAEMS) has extended the bid submission date for the tender to submit offers for Algeria’s 1GW photovoltaic (PV) solar programme

The state-owned Algerian Renewable Energy Company (SHAEMS) has extended the bid submission date for the tender to submit offers for Algeria’s 1GW photovoltaic (PV) solar programme.

SHAEMS announced that the deadline had ben extended beyond the 15 June submission date, with the new bid date to be announced shortly. The client had initially set a bid deadline of 30 April, but the deadline has now been extended twice in response to requests from developers participating in the tender.

Energy & Utilities reported in December 2021 that Algeria had launched the 1GW solar tender, with developers invited to submit proposals for projects ranging from 50MW to 300MW.

Selected developers will be awarded 25-year concession agreements.

The tender is being overseen by the Algerian Renewable Energy Company (SHAEMS), which is jointly owned by state-owned gas firm Sonatrach and utility Sonelgaz. SHAEMS will be allowed to take a share of up to 25 per cent in the special purpose vehicles (SPVs) formed by the successful bidders to develop and operate the projects.

Energy & Utilities reported in November 2021 that the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies had identified 11 sites for the 1GW solar programme.

The 11 sites have a combined total area of 4,250 hectares and include locations in the Ouargla, El-Oued, El-M’Ghair, El-Bayadh, Ghardaia and Bechar provinces.

The projects will be developed under an independent power producer (IPP) model.

Energy & Utilities reported in 2020 that the government had published a decree on April 29 giving authority to the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies to manage and oversee the procurement process of the 1GW programme.

Another three tenders of the same size are expected to be issued each year between 2022 and 2024.

Algeria has set an ambitious target of installing 16GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035. The North African country currently has 25 solar installations with a total capacity of 423MW, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

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