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Tunisia: Renewables Projects Update

  • Tunisia
  • Energy and infrastructure

01-11-2018

In May the Tunisian Government launched 1 GW of new renewable energy project under the concession and the authorizations schemes.

The Tunisian Government called for three BOO tenders to develop large scale renewable power projects as follows:

  1. 500 MW PV, prequalification files submitted on 19 July 2018;
  2. 300 MW wind, prequalification files submitted on 19 July 2018;
  3. 200 MW wind, prequalification file submitted on 25 October 2018.

The third and most recent 200 MW wind tender requires that sponsors should provide their own sites, while the sites will be provided by the Government for the first and second tenders.

The Government is at present selecting sponsors in order to launch the second phase of these tenders, which is the restricted tender.
 
The PPA for the concession regime has not been released yet, but the Government is now consulting with different stakeholders to insure the PPA bankability.

On the other hand, the Government has been developing small-scale projects under the authorization regime.

Over 60 MW PV PPAs were awarded on May 2018 under the PV first round of the authorisation regime.

The Government will receive bids for the second round of PV projects with capacity of 70 MW (10 MW and 1 MW caps) and the first round of wind projects with capacity of 130 MW (30 MW and 5 MW caps), on 18 December 2018.

The submission deadlines of the second PV round and the first wind round were extended twice because the Government was amending the PPA for the authorization regime which was published recently.

Financial institutions, banks, and developers' feedback on both the concession and authorization schemes PPAs are still focused on their bankability, particularly in respect of real estate, applicable law, arbitration and challenges relating to state guarantees.

Also, developers are hoping to see capacity caps and a limit to the number of projects/applicants removed and to have more visibility on the next phase of the concession to encourage investors to make a long-term commitment to Tunisia.

If you would like to discuss Tunisia’s renewable energy programme and any opportunities in the market, please contact the team below.

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