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Zambia: Update on the GET FiT Zambia program

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GET FiT Zambia is designed to assist the Zambian Government in the implementation of its REFiT Strategy. In line with this strategy, GET FiT Zambia aims to procure 200 MW of renewable energy projects within the next three years in two concurrent rounds.

Update on round 1 (100MW solar tender)

Further to our initial briefing on 14 December 2017 in relation to the GET FiT program, the GET FiT Zambia Secretariat launched the Request for Proposal (RfP) stage of round 1 on 31 August 2018. The ten shortlisted companies or consortia were selected following a competitive Request for Qualification stage which concluded in June 2018.

Standardised project agreements have been drafted and the proposed sites have been evaluated to ensure that grid capacity is sufficient to connect to the prospective round 1 projects.

Shortlisted companies and consortia which successfully prequalified under the first stage have been invited to submit their proposals by 29 November 2018 with the process concluding in early 2019. Successful applicants will sign a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with ZESCO and will be awarded the project.

A list of prequalified companies and consortia is available on request.

Launch of Round 2 (100 MW hydropower tender) framework

In collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and other Zambian government stakeholders, GET FiT Zambia is actively creating the framework for round 2 of the program, the 100 MW GET FiT Zambia Small Hydro Tender, which will support the development of small hydro projects with a maximum of 20 MW of installed capacity each up to 100 MW.

The tender process will include a Prequalification Procedure (PQ) commencing in Q4 2018 followed by up to three successive RfP windows between 2019 and 2020 to award the full 100 MW of capacity allocated to this tender.

Prequalified developers will be eligible to apply for feasibility study rights for projects through a process that is currently in the final stages of preparation.
There is a current moratorium for small hydro projects until after the GET FiT Zambia hydro tender prequalification is complete.

The indicative timeline for the project is as follows:

  • 31 October: Private sector pre-tender launch event and E&S workshop
  • 7 November: Launch RfQ
  • Mid-January: Prequalified applicants announced
  • Q1 2019: Hydro feasibility study rights issued to prequalified applicants
  • Q3 2019: RfP Window 1
  • Q1 2020: RfP Window 2
  • Q3 2020: RfP Window 3 (if necessary)

If you would like to obtain a list of companies that have prequalified for Round 1, discuss the above, or any other clean energy opportunities in Zambia or the wider African energy market, please contact the team below.