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Tender Alert — April 12, 2018

See Below for 5 tender Opportunities

1. Seychelles — 4 MW Floating Solar PV Plant

Background: The Republic of the Seychelles (RoS) intends to tender the right to develop, finance, own and operate a 4MW(est) floating grid-connected solar PV plant in the Lagoon le Rocher. The tender and project will represent the first utility-scale floating solar PV project in all of Africa and it will be one of the first salt-water floating solar PV plants in the world.

The tender, set to be launched on April 26, will take the form of a sealed-bid, reverse auction with a separate pre-qualification stage. The successful bidder will be granted exclusive right to develop, finance, own and operate the project for a period of 20 years. No detailed technical or feasibility studies have been conducted to date, however, conceptual and preliminary site and grid investigations have been carried out, as well as an E&S scoping study.

The tender is implemented by the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC), with the Public Utility Corporation (PUC) as the eventual off-taker of the project. The tender process is supported by African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), an organisation hosted by the African Development Bank and the Clinton Foundation. Trinity International and Multiconsult are serving as the transaction and tender advisors.

For more information: Prospective companies and investors interested in participating in the pending tender are hereby invited to an information session and site visit at the Savoy Hotel in Mahè, Seychelles that will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018. See attached information flyer for more information.

2. Zambia — Launch of RFQ Stage of GET FiT 100MW Solar PV Tender

Background: As of Monday, April 9th GET FiT Zambia has officially launched the RFQ for Round 1 of the program, a solar PV tender for up to 100MW with a maximum individual project size of 20MW. Bidding consortia and consortium members will be permitted to bid on up to two sites. This tender will be run as a two-stage, sealed-bid auction.

The attachments below represent presentations that were given during the GET FiT Zambia Launch and 100MW Solar PV Tender Workshop that took place in Lusaka on 7 February 2018.

Attachment 1: Presentation of GET FIT Zambia Solar PV Tender process & requirements
Attachment 2: Introduction to the GET FiT Zambia standardized legal documentation
Attachment 3: GET FiT Zambia: Introduction and Overview

Estimated RFQ Deadline: Documentation suggests the RFQ stage will be approximately six weeks, which would indicate an approximate deadline of Monday, May 21, 2018. This deadline should be confirmed by bidders.

For more information: Including further details on how to register for the tender please visit the GET FiT Zambia website at https://www.getfit-zambia.org/solar-pv-tender/

Questions can be directed to solar@getfit-zambia.org

3. ETHIOPIA
EEP seeks developers for Dabus/Birbir hydro cascades

Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) is seeking international private developers or developer consortia to finance, develop, own and operate two hydropower cascades totaling 1362MW in the south-west of the country. Bids are invited by 11 May in separate tenders for the development of the 798MW Dabus 1 and 2 projects on the Dabus River, a north-flowing tributary of the Abbay,and for the 564MW Birbir 1 and 2 plants on the Birbir River, a tributary of the Baro. The two cascade projects are offered for development on a build, operate and transfer basis, with the entire capacity and output to be sold to EEP under long-term power purchase agreements.The scope of works will entail additional site investigations as required, followed by the design, construction and supply, installation, testing and commissioning of electro- and hydromechanical equipment.The winning developer will own and operate the cascades for the period of the concession before transferring ownership to EEP.

Prefeasibility and feasibility studies as well as an environmental and social impact assessment have been carried out on Dabus 1 and 2 by Italy’s Studio Pietrangeli on behalf of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. Both plants are designed with gravity-type, roller-compacted concrete dams and surface powerhouses.

Dabus 1 will comprise a 55 metre-high dam with a crest length of 1,610 metres,with water supplied via a 5.5km headrace tunnel and two 2.1km penstocks to the powerhouse.The plant will have an installed capacity of 304MW, and is expected to generate average annual output of 1,293GWh under a gross head of 149 metres and maximum turbine flow of 250m3 /s.

Dabus 2 will comprise an 88 metre-high dam with a crest length of 444 metres, with water supplied to the powerhouse via a 6.2km headrace tunnel and two 1km penstocks. It will have an installed capacity of 494MW,and is expected to generate average annual output of 2,140GWh under a gross head of 230 metres and maximum turbine flow of 254m3 /s.

EEP previously invited prequalification bids in March 2016 from engineering, procurement and construction contractors for the 97.4MW Birbir A and 467MW Birbir R projects.At the time, both plants were designed with rockfill dams with central clay cores and open surface powerhouses. Birbir R was designed with a 177 metre-high dam and a plant equipped with six 78MW vertical Francis turbines, and Birbir A was to comprise a 57 metre-high dam, and a powerhouse equipped with two 48.7MW vertical Francis turbines.

Power Africa note: The Dabus and Birbir hydropower schemes currently require a credit enhancement facility (for example, a partial risk guarantee (PRG)) from multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank (WB) or the African Development Bank (AfDB), in order to be considered bankable transactions. The appetite for providing such credit enhancement mechanisms should be discussed by the Government of Ethiopia directly with the World Bank and African Development Bank, but could also be initiated by the developers.

Power Africa Contact: Neb Girma, Ethiopia Lead Transaction Advisor, Power Africa Transactions and Reform Program (PATRP). Email: ngirma@nexant.com

4. LESOTHO: Tender for rehabilitation of switching stations

Lesotho Electricity Company is inviting bids for the rehabilitation of 13 switching stations in Maseru and one switching station at ButhaButhe. The work, which is being financed by the African Development Bank’s African Development Fund soft loans arm as part of the Urban Power Distribution and Rehabilitation Project, will include dismantling existing switchgears, installation of new switchgears, installation of battery terminal units, commissioning of new switchgears, terminating cables to new switchgears, and jointing cables where necessary.

The contract is expected to be implemented over a period of eight months.

Bids are due by 3 May and a compulsory pre-bid meeting will take place on 19 April.

LES Contact: Nandi Monokoa, Lesotho Electricity Company, Moshoeshoe Road, Industrial Area, Maseru 100, Lesotho.Tel: +266 2231 2236/5227 2127; Fax: +266 2232 7647; Email: monokoa@lec.co.ls or mahao@lec.co.ls.

U.S. Embassy Lesotho Contacts: 1) Matt Jamrisko, Political/Economic Officer (POC until April 25); JamriskoMS@state.gov; 2) Daniel Katz, KatzDS@state.gov; 3) Makunea Kolobe, Kolobemo@state.gov

5. More information on Senegal Supply of 10,000 single-phase meters.

The Power Africa Mid-March Tender Tracker advertised an opportunity for supply of 10,000 single-phase meters in Senegal. In addition to information found on the Power Africa Medium page, more information about this tender can be viewed here.

Power Africa was able to learn more about the technical specifications for this opportunity:
-single phase
-STS Standard
-the electronical unit should be protected from any kind of fraud
-the box should be waterproof and protected from dust
-nominal voltage: 230 V
-sensibility : + or — 3%
-basic current: 5A
-max current: 45A
-starting current: 20Ma
-frequency: 50Hz /+- 5%
-consumption: <2W/10VA
-display screen: LCD screen
-numerical dashboard integrated
-operating temperature: -25c to 70c
-humidity <95%

Power Africa POC:

Aminata Ba

Off-Grid Energy Access Specialist

Power Africa Transactions and Reform Program (PATRP)

Dakar, Senegal

Email: Aminata.ba@patrp.com

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