ArmInfo. The pre-qualification stage of the tender for the construction of solarMasrik-1 power plant was passed by 10 companies and one consortium. Such a decision was taken by evaluation commission.
According to the Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Hayk Harutyunyan, which the press service of the agency cites, the remaining 10 packages of the contest participants did not meet the conditions presented. In the second stage of the competition, companies from the Netherlands, the USA, Korea, Germany and a number of other countries took part. All represented companies are known in the international energy market. This is TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co., Ltd, China - Subsolar Energy Holding LLC, the Netherlands, Phelan Energy Group Limited, South Africa - Korea Electric Power Corporation, Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Private Limited, India - Risen Energy Co. Ltd. Limited, China, Metka, Greece -Energy Phoenix, Lebanon, Access Infra Central Asia Limited, UAE - Eren Renewable Energy SA, France - TSK Electronica, Spain, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures BV, Netherlands, -FSL Solar SL, Country: Spain, Acciona Energia SAU, Spain, Building Energy Development Africa, Italy -H1 Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, Sky Power Global, Cayman -Enerparc Projects GMBH, Germany, CountourGlobal LP, Cayman Islands).
"At the second stage, the prequalified companies will compete with each other around the price offers, the ministry will give its preference to the company or to the consortium that will present the smallest and most competitive price offer," said Hayk Artyunyan, adding that the second stage of the competition will be announced in September of the year. The entire tender process will be completed at the beginning of next year and construction of a 55 MW solar power plant will commence. It is expected that in early 2018 the station will begin to generate electricity."
It should be reminded that the total cost of the program for the construction of solar power plants in Armenia is $ 129 million. The feasibility studies for the construction of solar power stations with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts have already been prepared. Within the framework of the program it is planned to build solar power stations with a capacity of up to 110 megawatts in various regions of Armenia.Of the six surveyed areas in two, the Spanish consulting company Aries Engineering has already submitted feasibility studies. They relate to the localities of "Masrik" in Gegharkunik region and "Dashtadem" in Aragatsotn region, studies on the remaining four localities continue. One of the main conditions of the competition will be the tariff offered by investors. The advantage will be the company that will offer the minimum tariff. The climate investment fund for the development of alternative energy provided Armenia $ 28 million, of which $ 2 million is a grant and $ 26 million is a loan. The loan terms are soft - 0.25% per annum with a maturity of 40 years and a grace period for payments in the first 20 years. Grant funds are being used to study the areas, develop a feasibility study for the project, calculated at a station of 100-120 megawatts of capacity.