Israel prequalifies bidders for solar thermal, PV plants totaling 265 MW in Negev Desert

Global Power Report December 4, 2008

Israel’s Inter-Ministerial Tenders Committee on Solar Energy has accepted all seven preliminary bidders for two 125-MW solar thermal power plants and 10 bidders for a 15-MW photovoltaic power plant, sited for the Negev Desert.

The cost of the two solar thermal plants in Ashalim is estimated at $700 million to $800 million. The pre-qualified groups for the solar thermal build-operate-transfer tender are Ormat Industries Ltd., Shafir Civil and Marine Engineering, Israel Corp., Housing and Construction with Solel Solar Systems, Luz II along with Veolia Environment subsidiary Dalkia Israel, Clal Energy with Spain’s Abengoa Bioenergy, and Germany’s Solar Millennium with Minrav Holdings and Dor Alon Energy.

The tender for the 15-MW PV plant includes an option for doubling the size of the facility. The 10 accepted bidding groups are Israel’s Housing and Construction Holding Co. and Spain’s Elecnor Group, Clal Energy with Spain’s Abengoa Bioenergy, Granite Hacarmel Investments, Bronfman Fischer Investments and an unnamed European partner, Sapir Civil and Marine Engineering and Siemens, Paz Oil and an unnamed Spanish partner, Minrav Holdings, Dor Alon Energy and solar water heater maker Chromagen, Israel Corp. and Canada’s Skypower Corp., EDF Energy and Dutch company Stoomhamer Business Group with Germany’s Solon.

The National Infrastructure Ministry hopes to complete the selection process by the middle of 2009 and have the plants operating by early 2011.

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