French Voltalia wins 100 MW solar park project near Durres in Albania
TIRANA (Albania), March 26 (SeeNews) – The Albanian Ministry of Energy has said that French renewable energy company Voltalia has won a tender for the construction and operation of a 100 MW in the region of Spitalle, near the port city of Durres, with the support of the Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Voltalia will sell 70 MW of electricity produced in the solar park to the Albanian public energy distribution company for 29.89 euros per MWh, well below the ceiling price of 55 euros set in the tender, announced Thursday the Ministry of Energy in a press release. . The rest will be sold on the market.
Five companies have shown interest in the project, but only two of them have been considered by the ministry’s assessment committee – Voltalia and the Chinese company Universal Energy, the ministry said, adding that the company French had offered the lowest offer.
The contract with the winner is expected to be signed in early April, Energy Minister Belinda Balluku said in November when the tender opened.
The estimated cost of the project was not disclosed in the press release.
In May 2020, Voltalia was also chosen the winner of a call for tenders for the construction and operation of a 140 MW solar power plant in the coastal area of Karavasta in Albania, in the region of Fier.
The French company has already started preparations for the construction of the Karavasta solar park, the Albanian prime minister’s office announced in February. The company signed a 30-year concession contract with the Albanian government for the construction and operation of the solar power plant on July 31. The cost of the project is estimated at around 128 million euros ($ 155 million).
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