Albania: SPP tender near Durres won by Voltalia, SEE Energy News
The tender was launched last November. Albanian Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure announced that French renewables company Voltalia has won a tender for the construction of a 100 MW solar power plant in northwestern Albania, near the port of Durres. The statement from the Ministry said that Voltalia submitted the lowest bid of 0.02989 euros/kWh, while the second shortlisted bidder, Chinese Universal Energy Co offered a price of 0.046 euros/kWh. A total of 45 companies participated in the tender. The ceiling price was set at 55 euros/MWh.
The power plant will be built in the Spitalle municipality and will cover the area of 120 hectares. Voltalia is obliged to sell 70 % of produced electricity to electricity distribution system operator OSHEE under the 15-year contract, while the remainder of produced electricity could be sold on the free market. The construction of the plant is expected to start in the summer.
Last August, the Albanian Government signed a contract for the construction, operation and maintenance of 140 MW solar power plant in Karavasta with Voltalia, winner of a tender launched in January same year. The company is obliged to sell half the electricity produced at the solar power plant to Albanian electricity distribution company OSHEE at the price of 24.89 euros/MWh for a period of 15 years, less than half the price ceiling of 55 euros, while the remaining half will be sold in the market. The concession agreement is valid for 30 years. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said that Voltalia is expected to start the construction of the plant in November 2020. The cost of the project is estimated to some 100 million euros. However, the construction of the plant has not yet started. Albania launched a similar tender for the construction of 100 MW solar power plant in southwestern part of the country in 2018. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure selected a consortium led by India Power Corporation as a winner of a tender. Estimated cost of the project is around 70 million euros. The winning bid provides electricity at the price of 59.9 euros/MWh for 50 MW installed capacity for 15 years, as well as additional 50 MW of installed capacity for which no subsidies apply. However, there were no activities related to this project in the past two years.
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