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Swaziland: The Kingdom of Swaziland, further to the sustainable energy for all initiative (“SE4ALL”), has issued a request for qualifications (“RFQ”) to procure the services of an EPC contractor to build a 10-MW solar power plant in Lavumisa

  • United Kingdom
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy

20-06-2018

Background

The Swaziland Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (“MNRE”) has established a Independent Power Producers Policy aimed at increasing the utilisation of local renewable energy resources, which includes biomass and solar photovoltaic technologies (PV) to enhance energy security and self-sufficiency.

As a member of SE4ALL, Swaziland has developed an action plan aimed at increasing the renewable energy generation in the national energy mix to 50% by the year 2030. Currently, Swaziland remains heavily dependent on power imports from Mozambique and South Africa, via the Southern African Power Pool, as the Swaziland Electricity Company (“SEC”) is currently able to cover only 10% of its power demand with its power generation assets, which total around 60 MW.

In line with these objectives, MNRE, in conjunction with the SEC has issued an RFQ for a 10MW solar PV plant to be located in the Lavumisa area in the South Eastern parts of Swaziland, which will form part of SEC’s portfolio of generating plants.

Lavumisa 10 MW RFQ

The project will be built on a design, construct and commission basis, and include the facility and the entire required grid infrastructure to connect the facility to the grid.

The plant will be developed in two phases of 5MW each and connect to the nearby Maloma 66 kV substation. After commissioning, the project will be handed over to SEC who will be responsible to operate and maintain the project throughout its economic life. Our expectation is on that basis that the offtaker of the power will also be SEC.

The deadline for filing applications is 12:00 noon (GMT +2) on 27 June 2018. It is estimated that the qualified bidders will be announced on 4 July 2018, after which the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) stage will commence with a bid submission deadline of 6 August 2018. Selection of the preferred bidder is expected to be announced on 17 August 2018 and the final contract should be signed on 24 August 2018.

If you would like to discuss the above or receive a copy of the tender document, please contact the team below.

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