Chinese, French firms in race for Tunisian solar auction 

27 November 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

PowerChina, ENGIE and several other Chinese and French power giants have emerged to be in the race for a 500MW solar tender launched by the Tunisian government as the North African country became the latest destination for investors along the Belt and Road.

A total of sixteen bidders passed the pre-qualification process of the bidding which will see winners develop a 200MW project in southern Tatouine province, two 100MW PV power plants in northern Kaiouran and western Gafsca provinces, as well as two solar farms of 50MW each in central Sidi Bouzid and western Tozeur provinces, according to a document released by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. All the projects will be developed under a BOO model.

The pre-qualified bidders include:

– State-owned Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina); 

– TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis (China)-Phanes Energy (UAE) consortium;  

– State-owned CECEP Solar Energy Technology-Phelan Energy Group (South Africa) consortium;

– State-owned SPIC Huanghe Hydropower Development (China); 

– Canadian Solar UK Projects, Delta star Enerji Ve (UAE) and Sunnel UK consortium;

– Enel Green Power (Italy) 

– ENGIE Afrique (France)-Nareva Renouvelables (Morroco)

– Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, EDF Energies Nouvelles (France), Mitsui & Co (Japan) consortium 

– Total Eren (France), Access Infra Africa, Lucia Holding (France) consortium 

– Greenyellow (France)

– ACWA Power (Saudi Arabia) 

– Acciona Energia Global (Italy)-Swicorp Company (Saudi Arabia) consortium 

– Volatalia (Italy), Corbra Instalaciones y Servicios (Spain), Tunur, Low Carbon Ventures, Low carbon consortium 

 

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