Ashelim solar plant tender hit by third delay

The solar energy power station project is held up by regulatory permits.

Sources inform ''Globes'' that the Ashelim thermosolar energy power station tender has suffered its third delay, because not all the regulatory permits have been obtained, the electricity production license has not yet been written, and the financial aid criteria for the winner have been formulated. As a consequence, deadline for submitting bids to the joint Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures tender committee, headed by Deputy Accountant General Avi Dor, has been pushed back to December 10 from October 21.

The Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures have allowed the seven bidders who passed the prequalification stage of the tender more time to prepare their bids. Sources among the bidders believe that the new deadline will still not be enough, and there a further extension until early 2010, will be necessary.

The $700-800 million BOT tender is the building and operation of two thermosolar energy power plants with a total output of 220 Megawatts.

The seven consortia in the tender are:

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on October 5, 2009

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