10 MW PV Tender In Swaziland

Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) Issues Request For Qualification Round For Lavumisa 10 MW Solar PV Plant
05:27 AM (Beijing Time) - 09. June 2018

With the development of renewable energy, Swaziland wants to end its dependence on imported energy. Pictured here is the Swaziland's Energy Minister, Jabulile Mashwama. (Photo Credit: Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Swaziland)

Key Takeaways

  • Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has issued a request for qualification tender to look for EPC contractors for a 10 MW PV plant
  • It will be located in the Nhlalukane region of Lavumisa, where SEC has shortlisted three potential sites; it will eventually choose one of these
  • Project needs to be connected to the grid by July 26, 2019 by the selected EPC contractor; entire capacity will be developed in two phases of 5 MW each
  • Deadline for bids is June 26
  • SEC will launch the request for proposals round after shortlisting candidates in the request for qualification round; final winners will be announced on August 17, 2018

Swaziland has launched a tender to procure EPC contractor for a 10 MW solar power park through state-backed utility Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC). Project location will be in the Nhlalukane region of Lavumisa, situated in the country’s southeastern region. Three potential sites have been shortlisted and SEC will zero in on one of these for the project.

According to the request for qualification (RfQ) documents issued, the project will be developed in two phases of 5 MW each. Once online by July 26, 2019, the Lavumisa 10 MW Solar PV Plant will be connected to the grid by a 66 kV substation 11 kms away from the site.

Scope of work for the selected EPC contractor will be to design, construct and commission the facility while putting together grid infrastructure to connect it to the grid. Post commissioning, SEC will take over the project to operate and maintain it.

The project needs to have single axis tracking systems or the mountings without backtracking technology. Monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film modules can be used for the project.

On the basis of applications received to this tender latest by June 27, 2018, SEC will shortlist qualified bidders and launch the next round, which will be request for proposal on July 9, 2018. Bid submission deadline will be August 6, 2018. Winners will be announced on August 17, 2018. Details are available on the website of Swaziland Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (SPPRA).

In January 2018, Swaziland Water Services launched a tender looking for consultants to carry out a feasibility study for a 10 MW solar power plant. Neither the Location nor the name of the proposed facility was revealed (see Swaziland Tender For 10 MW PV Project).

 Located in the southern region of Africa, Swaziland depends on imported electricity from South African utility Eskom for its electricity needs. Dealing with the recent ‘sharp and unpredictable tariff increases from Eskom’, Swaziland wants to become independent fro power imports.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (MNRE) has formulated a Swaziland Independent Power Producers Policy (SIPPP) targeting renewable energy. The country wants to have 50% renewable energy in its total energy mix by 2030.

Anu Bhambhani

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