The 550 MW combined cycle plant will integrate a parabolic trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) unit, believed to be about 20 to 30 MW in capacity.
On 25 December 2013, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) released a Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the development of the Duba 1 Independent Power Plant (IPP) project.
The 550 MW combined cycle plant will integrate a parabolic trough Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) unit, believed to be about 20 to 30 MW in capacity. The plant will be located 50 km north of Duba in the Tabouk region, on the north-west coast of Saudi Arabia.
SEC will conduct a competitive process to select a developer or developer consortium to build, own and operate the combined cycle IPP. The plant will be fuelled by Fuel-Gas and Fuel-Condensate as main fuel and Arabian Super Light (ASL) as back-up fuel.
The procurement of Duba 1 IPP will follow the process successfully implemented for four other projects – the latest of which is Rabigh 2 IPP. The project company will sell its entire capacity and output to SEC under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and under this PPA, SEC will also supply Fuel-Gas, Fuel-Condensate and ASL, in addition to allocating land for the project.
To participate in the process, SEC has requested from interested parties to submit EOIs by 12 January 2014, and following the submissions, a confidentiality undertaking will be issued to each point of contact. The Request for pre-Qualifications (RFQ) will be issued by 15 January 2014, and will include a description of the project and outline of the tender process.
SEC is being advised by HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited as Financial Consultant; the Law office of Mohanned Bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts LLP as Legal Consultant; and Fichtner GmbH and Co. KG as Technical Consultant.