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Tunisia: The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Renewable Energy (MEMRE) has issued three requests for pre-qualification (“RFPQ”) for 1 GW of renewable energy under the concession regime and two calls for projects for 200 MW of renewable energy

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1 GW renewable energy

The MEMRE has issued three RFPQ’s for 200 MW of wind power (“Project 1”), 300 MW of wind power (“Project 2”) and 500 MW of solar power (“Project 3”). This is in line with Tunisia’s Renewable Energy Action Plan 2030 which aims to install 1000 MW in the first phase (2017-2020) and 1250 MW in the second phase (2021-2030). Only pre-qualified bidders will be allowed to bid for the projects, and companies can either bid as an individual candidate or as a consortium member.

Project 1 will be developed on a build, own and operate (“BOO”) basis and comprise of at least two individual power production farms, each with a maximum capacity of 100 MW. The project will be backed by an extendable 20 year concession agreement and at the end of the concession, the ownership of the power farm may be transferred to the MEMRE. It will involve the development, design, permitting, engineering, financing, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, completion, ownership, insurance, operation, and maintenance of the wind farm with no investment from any government entity in the project company. The closing date for pre-qualification submissions is 25 September 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (GMT+1).

Project 2 will be designed, developed, financed, and operated on a BOO basis under one special purpose company incorporated by the selected sponsor and comprise of a 200 MW farm at Jbel Abderrahmane and a 100 MW farm at Jbel Tbaga. The closing date for submission of the prequalification files is 19 July 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (GMT+1).

Project 3 will comprise of five photovoltaic power production farms (“PV farms”) and will also be designed, developed, and financed on a BOO basis by the project company incorporated by the selected sponsor. The capacity of the five PV farms will be (i) 50 MWp at Touzeur, (ii) 50 MWp farm at Sidi Bouzid, (iii) 100 MWp farm at Kairouan, (iv) 100 MWp farm at Gafsa and (v) 200 MWp at Tataouine. The closing date for prequalification is on 19 July 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (GMT+1).

Applicants that accumulate a total of 50 points for Project 1 will be selected while the 10 best rated sponsors will be selected for Project 2 and Project 3. For all three projects there will be no state guarantee but a comfort letter may be issued by the government of Tunisia.

200 MW of renewable energy

On 30 May 2018, the MEMRE called for 200 MW of renewable energy under the authorisation regime, launching the second round of PV power farm proposals (“Second Round”) for projects totalling 70 MW and updating the first round of wind farms with a capacity of 130 MW (“First Round”). In the Second Round, there will be 6 projects with a maximum capacity of 10 MW and 10 projects with a maximum capacity of 1 MW. In the First Round there will be 4 projects with a maximum capacity of 30 MW and 2 projects with a maximum capacity of 10 MW. The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (GMT+1).

If you would like to discuss the above, any other clean energy opportunities in Tunisia, or the market please contact the team below.