11 bidders prequalify for power project

THE Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has pre-qualified 11 bidders to develop the initial two 50-megawatt (mw) solar power projects in Lusaka.
The solar power plants will be located in the Lusaka South-Multi Facility Economic Zone.
According to a statement issued yesterday, the IDC says the project is under phase one of the 600mw scaling solar project announced and launched earlier this year.
The prequalification follows a competitive process that ran from October 5, to November 13, 2015, in which a total of 48 applications were received.
“The evaluation of bids was conducted by an evaluation committee comprising members drawn from the Zambia Development Agency, Zesco, Rural Electrification Authority, Engineering Institution of Zambia and IDC. The evaluation process involved a three-stage appraisal system with technical, financial, and legal requirements being evaluated, respectively,” the statement reads in part.
In view of the power deficit on account of low water levels for adequate hydro power generation, President Lungu directed the IDC to target the development and procurement of about 600mw of solar power to feed into the national grid as a matter of priority and urgency.
“Scaling solar is the World Bank group’s open, competitive and transparent procurement model that facilitates the rapid development of privately owned, utility-scale solar PV projects in sub-Saharan Africa,” the IDC explains.
The prequalified companies are EDF Energie Nouvelle of France, Scatec Solar from Norway, Access Eren Zambia, Mulilo Zambia PV1 Consortium, Enel Green Power (EGP) of Italy and Globeleq United Kingdom
The rest are International Power SA/Engie of Belgium, Neoen First Solar from France, Shanghai Electric Power/Avic from China, Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund of Mauritius and Grupo T-Solar, SA from Spain
The RFP bidding process is expected to open next month.

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