Egypt extends deadline for West of Nile 200MW PV tender

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A tender for a 200MW BOO (build-own-operate) PV plant project in Egypt has had its deadline extended by six months, in a move that the Middle East Solar Industries Association (MESIA) has said was “widely expected”.

MESIA said today that the submission date for the West of Nile BOO PV Power project has been extended from 21 June of this year to 21 December. The project’s tender was one of a number issued by Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) in August 2015, adding up to 500MW of renewable generation capacity, which included 50MW of CSP.

The original terms of the tender required the project’s developer to submit a €4 million (US$4.5 million) security bond. MESIA said that it had heard from unnamed sources within the industry however that the delay was related to the EETC not yet having responded to clarifications requested by would-be developers on certain aspects of the request for proposal (RFP).

Additionally, the tender had anticipated that those prospective developers would jointly survey possible sites for metrics including solar irradiance levels and geotechnical site assessment. According to MESIA this has not happened, with the association adding that deadline extension was “widely expected” due to these delays.

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