- Republic of Cabo Verde opens prequalification round for 3.3 MW solar PV capacity on its islands
- It will be set up on turnkey basis by selected EPC contractors on the 4 islands of Fogo, Santo Antao, Sao Nicolau and Maio
- Proceeds from the World Bank’s $16.5 million financing towards Cabo Verde REIUPP will be used for the tender process
The Ministry of Finance and Business Development in the Republic of Cabo Verde, Africa has invited interested EPC contractors to submit their prequalification requests for the construction of 4 solar power plants having 3.3 MW combined capacity, under a World Bank backed renewable energy project.
The bank has approved $16.5 million financing towards Cabo Verde Renewable Energy and Improved Utility Performance Project (REIUPP), part of which will be spent on the tender process for 3.3 MW PV.
For Fogo island, EPC services are sought for 1.3 MW capacity, another 1.2 MW for Santo Antao island, and 400 kW each for Sao Nicolau and Maio islands. While procurement process will be governed by the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations, the EPC contract will be jointly financed by the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) agencies under the World Bank Group.
The ministry’s special project management unit or Unidade de Gestão de Projectos Epeciais, (UGPE) will select the winners to set up the projects on turnkey basis in the Sub-Saharan African nation.
Selected companies will submit their proposals under the request for proposals (RFP) round to be held in May 2023. Winners will start construction on site by August 2023 and commission the facilities by June 2025.
The tender was published on March 8, 2023 and last date to submit bids is March 30, 2023, according to the notice published on the World Bank’s website.
A 10-island archipelago, Cabo Verde has only 10% of its territory classified as arable land. According to the bank, its fragmented geography leads to connectivity issues for the population, in terms of energy and other supplies. The Russian aggression in Ukraine and drought are exacerbating food and energy-driven inflation in the country, the bank stated in October 2022. Nonetheless, the country offers political stability as a democratic African nation.