Greek utility launches EPC tender for 550 MW of solar power in former coal mine – pv magazine International

The Greek company Public Power Corp. (PPC) Renewables, the green energy division of state-owned PPC, has launched a tender for a 550 MW solar power plant in a former lignite mine.

The 550 MW solar power plant will be built in Kozani, in the Greek region of Macedonia, which has been the country’s lignite hub for decades. PPC Renewables estimates the cost of the 550 MW plant at around 216 million euros ($221.4 million), excluding the cost of the PV modules. However, bids for the tender may exceed that sum, PPC said.

The winner thengineer, procurement and construction contractor will need to complete factory authorization, with only a few license updates still deemed necessary at this stage. In addition to the photovoltaic project, the successful contractor will also construct two substations and upgrade the local power transmission line. However, the contractor will not have to purchase and transport solar panels, as PPC will take care of this separately.

Eligible bidders must be European Union or European Economic Area legal entities and meet specific business and financial criteria, with established PV portfolios. Their bids must be submitted digitally by September 30 at the latest. The construction phase of the project is not expected to exceed 22 months, PPC Renewables said, although the EPC contract has a total duration of 48 months.

The new 550 MW plant is part of PPC’s master plan to install 3 GW of photovoltaic capacity in Greece’s former mining region of Kozani, as well as in northern Greece and on the Peloponnese peninsula in the south of the country.

PV without subsidy

PPC Renewables Managing Director Konstantinos Mavros said photo magazine that the new 550 MW plant will not participate in the Greek renewable energy tender programme. Instead, the new project in Kozani will operate without subsidy, based on a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between PPC Renewables and its parent company, the main electricity supplier in Greece.

Mavros said the 550 MW plant at Kozani is the company’s second non-subsidy solar project based on a PPA. It already has a 50 MW solar panel under construction in Megalopolis, a mining town on the Peloponnese peninsula. The EPC contract for this project was won by the Greek Terna Energy in the summer of 2021.

In October, PPC Renewables signed an agreement with Germany’s RWE to develop 2 GW of solar capacity in coal mines. Mavros has since visited RWE’s headquarters in Germany in July. However, he noted that the 550 MW power station in Kozani and the 50 MW park in Megalopolis are not part of the company’s partnership with RWE.

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