Bidders Said Eager to Build Syrian Wind Park Amid Unrest

Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Terna Energy SA (TENERGY) of Greece are among 13 companies bidding to build Syria’s first privately owned wind farm amid political turmoil in the Arab nation, a consultant on the project said.

“No bidder has shown a desire to withdraw from the project due to the current unrest in the country,” Richard Kupisz, an associate director at London-based consulting firm IPA Energy & Water Economics, said in a telephone interview from Abu Dhabi.

“On the contrary, one of the non-qualified bidders is still trying to be short-listed with the others,” he said, without disclosing the bidder’s identity. Syria’s electricity ministry chose IPA to help evaluate bidders for the work.

Other companies seeking the business include Fersa Energias Renovables SA (FRS) and Iberdrola Ingenieria Y Construccion SA of Spain, Fina Enerji Holding AS of Turkey, and Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries (OCIC), Kupisz said on April 21.

The project calls for a wind farm with a capacity of 50 to 100 megawatts to be built at Al-Sukhna, 70 kilometers (44 miles) east of Palmyra, or Al-Hijana, 50 kilometers south of Damascus, or in both places, according to the website of the Public Establishment for Electricity Generation and Transfer.

Syria is seeking alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind power as crude output falls from its 1996 peak.

President Bashar al-Assad has failed to stop demonstrations in the country even after committing to take steps to meet protesters’ demands and ending a 48-year-old state of emergency. Syrian security forces detained at least 200 people following two days of deadly clashes, activists said today.

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