Two Egyptian state-owned power utilities are inviting bids for development of 500MW of solar and wind power projects.

The Egyptian Electricity Transmission (EETC) and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) have floated separate tenders for a 200MW solar photovoltaic (PV), 50MW concentrating solar power (CSP) and 250MW of wind projects.

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) will be signed with the successful bidders, which will develop the three renewable projects on a build, own and operate (BOO) basis in the West Nile Area.

Potential bidders need to submit pre-qualification documents for the wind project by 5 October, while bids for PV and CSP projects can be filed by 2 November and 16 November, respectively.

EETC and NREA were quoted by ReNews as saying: "The land for the projects will be made available by NREA on a usufruct basis for the duration of the projects."

Egypt is planning to generate around 20% of its total power from renewable sources, primarily from solar, by 2022.