Thursday, December 21 2017 13:40
Naira Badalian

The Armenian government approved a list of companies that had prequalified selection for the construction of the largest solar power station "Masrik"

ArmInfo. On December 21, the Armenian government approved a list of companies that had prequalified selection of an investor for the 55-MW solar power plant project Masrik. The Cabinet also approved the draft agreement on assistance from the government and on the invitation to participate in the procurement procedure.

Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Ashot Manukyan, presenting the draft decision, recalled that the scale of the project has no analogues. 20 companies submitted applications for participation in the international tender for the investor's choice of the project for the construction of the solar power plant "Masrik-1". The prequalification stage of the international tender was overcome by 10 companies and 1 consortium. "All 10 companies have high international prestige and wide experience in this area," the minister said.

As ArmInfo informed earlier, until March 2018, the tender for the investor's choice of the project for the construction of the solar power plant "Masrik" will be fully completed, and at the end of 2018 Armenia will receive the first powerful solar power plant. According to preliminary data, the total investment in this generation facility will be $ 65-70 million. Earlier in an interview with the corr. ArmInfo Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Hayk Harutyunyan reported that the prequalification tender was announced on April 28 and finished on June 10.

It will be voluminous and will last until the second quarter of 2018. At the first stage of the competition, it is planned to identify an investor for whom clear criteria have been established. In particular, he must have experience in the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of at least 100 MW. This is done in order to involve serious companies in the project. The very preparation for the tender was conducted for a long time. As a result of the project, Armenia will receive a competitive and record low solar power plant.  The deputy minister refused to name the size of the tariff, pointing out only that it should be more affordable in comparison with the tariff from thermal blocks. "There is a hope that it will be within the tariffs established for hydropower facilities," Hayk Harutyunyan said. According to him, Armenia has a good resource for solar energy, and good conditions have been created for

investors.

It should be reminded that the total cost of the program for the construction of solar power stations in Armenia is $ 129 million. A feasibility study for the construction of solar power plants has 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 6 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.

On May 3, 2010, the German bank KfW jointly with the government of the Federal Republic of Germany provided credit to the Central Bank of Armenia in the amount of 18 million euros and a grant of 1.5 million euros. Then the chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia Artur Javadyan noted that the funds are directed to the implementation of the second phase of the program "Promoting renewable energy." Within the framework of this program, 14 credits for the amount of 2.9 billion drams have already been provided, eight of which are for the construction of small hydro power plants, and six for the modernization of existing small hydropower facilities. Javadyan recalled that in November 2004, a loan program "Renewable Energy Development Assistance" was signed between the Central Bank and KfW Bank for a total of 6 million euros, and another 1.5 million euros were provided in the form of a grant. In addition, the Climate Investment Fund for the development of alternative energy provided Armenia $ 28 million, of which $ 2 million - a grant and $ 26 million - 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 localities, develop a feasibility study for the project, calculated at a 110 MW station.

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