The 150 MW Regional Solar Park in Gambia is planned to come up as a plug and play project with 100 MWh to 150 MWh storage capacity. WAPP is looking for consultants to prepare ESIA report for the same.
- WAPP has launched an expression of interest for interested consultants for 150 MW Regional Solar Park in Gambia
- Selected consultant will be required to draw up ESIA, ESMP and RAP reports for the project
- Part of proceeds from the World Bank towards the cost of Solar Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Project (Phase I) will be deployed to pay for consulting services
A 150 MW solar PV park with 100 MWh to 150 MWh storage capacity is being planned for Gambia for which the Western African Power Pool (WAPP) has launched a call for consultants to prepare an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) report. WAPP is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Eligible consultants will be required to also work out an environmental and social management plan (ESMP) and a resettlement action plan (RAP) for the identified site.
Part of proceeds received as financing from the World Bank toward the cost of Solar Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Project (Phase I) will be used to pay for consulting services for this 150 MW Regional Solar Park, said WAPP.
In August 2020, WAPP had launched an expression of interest (EOI) for transaction advisor servicer for the development of this project that will be auctioned under a competitive process.
Last year in October 2019, WAPP had been looking for a consultant to conduct technical and feasibility studies for a 150 MW plug and play solar park with storage near Soma where a new substation is coming up. Back then the plan was to have the project grid connected in 2 phases of 80 MW and 70 MW to come online in 2021 and 2025, respectively (see Consultant Sought For 150 MW Gambia Solar Project).
WAPP has the mandate to get 15.49 GW power generation capacity comprising 3.15 GW variable renewable energy generation comprising solar and wind in West Africa. The 3.15 GW capacity will mainly consist of regional solar park in Gambia, Mali, Burkina, Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.