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Tunisia awards 16 solar projects

Tunisia: The Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines has selected winners for 16 PV solar projects for a 70 MW tender it launched in July 2019.

Under the programme, six developers will build and operate 10 MW PV IPPs, with ten developers to develop 1 MW facilities.

The lowest tariff approved was submitted by France’s Ecodelta for a 10 MW scheme in Medenine.

Norway’s Scatec was awarded contracts to develop three PV solar projects with a total capacity of 360 MW under the IPP renewables programme.

The largest plant, 240 MW, will be located in Tataouine, with two 60 MW plants to be developed in the areas of Tozeur and Sidi Bouzid, respectively.

A consortium of China’s TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Company and UAE-based Amea Power was awarded the contract to develop the 100 MW Project C.

A consortium of France’s Engie and Morocco’s Nareva Renouvelables was awarded a contract to develop the 100 MW Project D.

The selected developers will sign power purchase agreements with state energy company Societe Tunisienne de l‘Electricite et du Gaz for a concession period of 20 years under a build-own-operate model.

Scatec will be the lead equity investor in the projects and will also provide the main engineering, procurement and construction series. The Norwegian firm will also provider operation and maintenance and asset management services for the solar plants.

Source: Energy & Utilities