Bid & Tender

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Project Summary
Project Name: KACARE’s Nuclear Power Project – Overview
Facility Type: Nuclear Power Plant
Client: The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE)
Budget (US $): 40,000,000,000
Project Initiation: Sep 12, 2016
Project Completion:: Dec 09, 2030
Location: Saudi Arabia
Project Current Status

Work on advisory contracts for Saudi Arabia's planned multibillion-dollar nuclear power projects is progressing. Saudi Arabia established a holding company to develop nuclear power projects in the country to produce electricity, desalinate seawater, and thermal energy applications. The kingdom is working on a framework programme for nuclear energy during 2022-2027, which includes capacity building and collaboration with international institutes for research and development. (November 2022)

Project History
  • Saudi Arabia working on nuclear feasibility studies and an independent body will be established by third quarter of 2018 to supervise nuclear power development. The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) is set to launch a tender process for its first nuclear reactors as early as next month. (September 2017)
  • Client has sent the request for information (RFI) to various companies to submit non-binding offers to build its first nuclear reactor project. The potential bidders are from South Korea, China, France, Russia and Japan. The firms have about two months time to respond. (November 2017)
  • Client is in talks Toshiba-owned Westinghouse and France’s EDF for the nuclear plans development. Westinghouse is in talks with other U.S.-based companies to form a consortium for a multi-billion-dollar project to build two reactors. More companies are Rosatom of Russia, Kepco of South Korea and CGN of China. (December 2017)
  • Contract award to build first nuclear reactor project is expected by 2018-end. Firms are expected to be pre-qualified by April 2018. Currently, RFIs are being evaluated and discussions with suppliers will be held next month. A joint venture between the Saudi government and the winning developers would be signed in 2019. (January 2018)
  • Two potential sites – Umm Huwayd and Khor Duweihin, located on the coast near the UAE and Qatar borders – were shortlisted for project and consultants have been invited to submit proposals for a contract to conduct site study, environmental impact assessment and preliminary safety analysis report, to assist with the selection of the preferred site. The tendering process is expected this year. (January 2018) 
  • The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), and Kepco of South Korea have been shortlisted for the next stage of the bidding (competitive dialogue) process for the nuclear power project, said a report. EDF, Westinghouse, and CGN are the other possible candidates. (July 2018)
  • A consultancy contract for NPP project has been awarded to Assystem of France. The contract scope covers site characterization studies such as geological survey and seismic analyses, as well as environmental impact studies, and work on the impact of the project on the kingdom’s electricity grid. The studies will allow Saudi Arabia to choose the most suitable site on which to build, as well as provide important technical details for the design of the project. The contract duration is 18-months. (August 2018)
  • KACARE has awarded the project management services contract to WorleyParsons of Australia for NPP project. The contract scope includes project governance, resource management, project services, training and compliance across the full scope of the NPP, small modular reactors and nuclear fuel cycle. (November 2018)
  • Saudi Arabia plans to issue tender this year to construct its first two nuclear power reactors. Saudi officials previously said they aimed to select a vendor in 2019, which then slipped to 2020. The sources said the tender would now be issued in 2021. (April 2019)
  • KA-Care has received bids from the financial consultancy firms for the transaction advisory role on the kingdom’s first planned nuclear power plant. The bidders are UK-based – Deloitte, EY, PwC. The project is planned to be a two-reactor 2.8 GW plant being built at Khor Duweihin site on the eastern coast. (August 2021)
  • Saudi Arabia’s KA-Care is set to award the financial advisory contract for kingdom’s first planned nuclear power plant (Package 1) imminently. EY of UK has submitted the lowest bid for the contract. Others firms that submitted a proposal for the project were PWC and Deloitte. The scope for a transaction adviser will include conducting feasibility studies and tender document preparation. (November 2021)
  • For the KACARE nuclear power plant, Nesma & Partners has signed a MoU with French group Bouygues Travaux Publics to implement all civil and construction works. Bouygues Travaux Publics has entered into a framework agreement with EDF for global cooperation on future projects based on European Pressurized Reactors (EPR) technology. Designed by top French nuclear reactor maker Areva, EPR is the world's largest reactor model with a capacity of 1,600 MW. The Kingdom's Saudi National Atomic Energy Project (SNAEP) includes the installation of a reactor with an electrical capacity of 1200-1600 megawatts to support with the base load in the electrical grid throughout the year. (December 2021)
  • Saudi Arabia’s KACARE has awarded the advisory contract to EY of UK for kingdom’s first planned nuclear power plant. The transaction adviser’s scope of work will include conducting feasibility studies and tender document preparation. (June 2022)
Project Contract Awards - Feed
Contractor Prequalified Contractor Bids Submitted Contractor Awarded | Contract Value
Project Contract Awards - PMC
Contractor Prequalified Contractor Bids Submitted Contractor Awarded | Contract Value
  • WorleyParsons of Australia
  • WorleyParsons of Australia
  • WorleyParsons of Australia
Project Contract Awards - EPC
Contractor Prequalified Contractor Bids Submitted Contractor Awarded | Contract Value
  • Not yet tendered
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Project Schedule

Q4 2016: Project Initiation

July 2018: Firms shortlisted for EPC tender

August 2018: Consultancy contract for site selection awarded

November 2018: Project Management Services Contract awarded

2030: Expected start-up and commissioning

Project Scope

The project scope involves setting-up of Saudi’s first atomic power facility - a two-reactor 2.8GW plant (package 1) worth $8 billion, scheduled for completion in 2023.

 

The proposed project is a two-reactor plant to be built at Khor Duweihin site on the eastern coast.

 

In the longer-term, Saudi Arabia is considering building 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032 with a total value of $40 billion, requiring about 16 reactors. 

 

The world’s biggest exporter of oil wants to reduce the amount of crude it burns at home to generate electricity so it can sell more of it overseas.

Project Structure:
The project is owned, operated and managed by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).
King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable EnergySaudi Arabia
Address:

King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy (KACARE)

P.O. Box 2022, 

Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia

Phone: +966 11 808 5555
Fax: +966 11 808 5666
Email: info@energy.gov.sa