Three bids submitted for crucial RES spatial framework tender

Three technical firms have submitted bids to an energy minister tender offering a contract for the development of a national spatial framework concerning the renewable energy sector, a project budgeted at 120,000 euros.

The framework’s content of incentives and restrictions will be crucial for investors when deciding whether to pursue investment plans, said to be worth billions, or hold back.

EDP (Environmental Design Partnership); an alliance involving the Stelios Tsakiris and Geohoros firms; and Theorema Development Consultants are the tender’s three bidding teams. All three are collaborating with various specialists in the spatial, environmental, legal and engineering domains for this project’s tender.

Energy ministry officials estimate a preferred bidder will be announced before summer. Should the winner be announced in May, the new RES spatial framework should be ready towards the end of 2020, as it is scheduled to require 18 months to complete.

Market officials have expressed fears that spatial restrictions being promoted overtly and covertly could undermine investment plans estimated to be worth at least 9 billion euros over the next few years.

This ambitious projection has been made by ESEK, the National Council for Research and Innovation, the country’s supreme advisory body for the formulation and implementation of the national policy for research, technology and innovation.

Various restrictions could prevent Greece from achieving RES targets set for 2030, wind energy market officials have warned.