The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has contracted with Indian ‘Synergy’ to manage the advisory work of the project to establish a solar power plant in West Nile with 200MW capacity.
Sources at the company informed Daily News Egypt that the advisor will manage the preparation of the technical requirements of the project as well as review the financial and technical offers made in cooperation with officials of the EETC, as well as carry out evaluations to prepare the shortlist and choose winner companies.
The list of companies includes El Sewedy Electric; First Solar; Orascom Construction; Scatec Solar; Emirati “Masdar” ACWA Power; FAS and others.
The project comes within the plan of the ministry of electricity which targets partnering with the private sector to implement 67% of the project to add about 3500MW, including 2000MW from solar cells, and 1500MW from wind energy within the ministry’s strategy to take the contributions of renewable energy to 20% of the total electric energy produced by 2020.
The EETC had planned to postpone receiving offers from companies more than once to complete the contracts of the feed-in tariff first then look into competitive biddings.
The EETC has put forward a strategy for the upcoming period to contract for purchasing the electricity produced from projects, most prominently, establishing a solar energy plant with 200MW capacity, and a wind energy plant with 250MW in West Nile.
In a related context, five companies have begun experimental operating of solar energy plants in Benban, Aswan, within the feed-in tariff, with a 250MW capacity. It will be connected to the grid by the end of this month.
Thirty-two companies implement solar energy plants within the second phase of the feed-in tariff with 1435MW capacity. The company has already started the construction work and installation of cells.