Tunisia receives offers for the realization of five PV solar projects with record prices

Tunisia receives offers for the realization of five PV solar projects with record prices image

Tunisia receives offers for the realization of five projects of electricity production from photovoltaic solar energy of 500 megawatts with record prices ranging between 71.8 and 84.1 millimes per kilowatt hour.

Since the end of 2016, the Tunisian government has embarked on the implementation of its program for the development of electricity production from renewable energies under the different regimes specified in the law on renewable energies production. In this framework the Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises launched an international tender for the concessioning of five solar photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of 500 megawatts, which is equivalent to 12% of the peak demand recorded in 2018 and a total investment of circa 1200 million dinars. These projects are distributed between Kairouan, Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Tozeur and Tataouine.

In this regard, the ministry has received 8 bids per project from leading international companies operating in the sector, which confirmed the interest of these companies in investing in Tunisia and their confidence in the Tunisian economy. The Preliminary results from the opening of the financial offers, and pending the technical results of the tender, are:

 

 

Project

MW Capacity

Prices

Millimes per kilowatt hour

US dollar cent per kilowatt hour

Tataouine

200

71,8

2,44

Kairouan

100

84,1

2,86

Gafsa

100

79,9

2,72

Sidi Bouzid

50

79,3

2,7

Tozeur

50

79,3

2,7

 

Notably, the tariff tendered by the company Scatec Solar for Tataouine project, namely 2.44 US dollars cents per kilowatt hour, is the lowest bid ever recorded in Africa and is among the lowest in the world.

 

The prices proposed under this tender will help bring down the cost of production of electricity nationwide and reduce the bill for energy subsidies, in addition to lowering national imports of natural gas by 5%. These projects will start operating from 2021.