The public tender for the conversion of the Pego plant in Abrantes, closed this Monday with six applications. According to a note sent by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action, the bidders are Tejo Energia SA, EDPR SGPS, GreenVolt, Endesa SA, Brookfield Ltd & Bondalti SA and Voltalia SA.
According to the note, the next steps of the tender, which will culminate with the allocation of the injection point in the Public Service Electricity Network (RESP) of the Pego Thermoelectric Power Plant, are the analysis and evaluation of applications.
On February 7 the preliminary report of the jury will be published. This will be followed by the jury's consideration of "the observations made by the bidders and preparation of a final report analyzing the proposals," which will be published by February 21.
Also read Applicants for the reconversion of the Pego Power Plant must submit proposals by October 18 The awardee of the infrastructure, which has an installed capacity of 628 megawatts (MW), will be notified by the DGEG by February 25.
The project evaluation commission includes the Abrantes Municipality, the Intermunicipal Community of Médio Tejo and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission.
According to the ministry headed by Matos Fernandes, "the competitive bidding procedure has as its object the awarding of a project exclusively focused on the production of energy from renewable sources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
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The evaluation of the candidates will favor "proposals that stand out in terms of creating economic value for the region, share renewable electricity produced with the Municipality of Abrantes, finance training and retraining programs, the maintenance of existing jobs and that imply a shorter time gap between the end of the activity of the coal plant and the new project.
The winner will have to establish its head office in the municipality of Abrantes and "operationalize a pilot area destined to new technologies of Research and Development (R&D) of renewable energies. Read also Government opens tender for Pego plant to switch from coal to renewables