France’s Engie and Morocco’s Nareva announced on 15 January that the pair had been selected as a preferred bidder to build a 120MWdc/100MWac solar PV plant in Gafsa, Tunisia, following a government tender. The consortium will develop, design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant for 20 years.
The project is one of five announced on 20 December, with three of the other plants awarded to Norway’s Scatec Solar and one to China’s TBEA Xinjiang SunOasis and Abu Dhabi’s AMEA Power. Engie and Nareva won the project with a tariff of TD0.07995/kWh ($0.02833/kWh).
The tender for the project was launched internationally in May 2018 by the Tunisian Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz. The government aims for 30% of electricity production to be generated by renewable sources by 2030.
“The successful outcome of this bid further cements our strategic long-term partnership with Nareva”, Engie Africa chief executive Yoven Moorooven said. “Tunisia has engaged in an ambitious plan to build new renewable power generation capacity with an objective to install 3,800MW by 2030. The current programme has shown very competitive results for the country and we are proud to be part of it.”
The pair also own and operate a 300MW wind project commissioned in December 2014 in Tarfaya, Morocco.
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