The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy (MNRE) has established a Swaziland Independent Power Producers Policy aimed at increasing the utilisation of local renewable energy resources, to enhance energy security and self-sufficiency.
These resources include biomass and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.
In addition, Swaziland, as a member of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, has developed an Action Plan that is aimed at increasing the renewable energy generation in the national energy mix to 50% by the year 2030.
To meet these objectives, the MNRE, in conjunction with the Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) identified a potential for a 10MW solar PV plant to be located in the Lavumisa area in the South Eastern parts of Swaziland, which will form part of SEC’s portfolio of generating plants.
SEC intends to develop the plant on two phases of 5MW each. It is anticipated that the plant will connect to a nearby Maloma 66 kV Substation situated 11 km away.
Invitation to tender
SEC wishes to procure the services of an EPC contractor to design, construct and commission the facility together with the entire required grid infrastructure to connect the facility to the grid. After commissioning, the project will be handed over to SEC who will then take the responsibility to operate and maintain throughout its economic life.
SEC prepares this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to shortlist EPC contractors who demonstrate appropriate qualifications to carry out the project.
This RFQ has been prepared for the following purposes:
- To enable SEC to select and qualify suitable applicants that:
- Are technically, financially and legally qualified and meet the criteria described in this RFQ;
- Have sufficient experience, resources and commitment to act as the basis of a bidding group that could meet the requirements of the RFP; and
- Are able to execute the project, once in a properly constituted bidding group.
- To set out the rules of the qualification process referred to in this RFQ;
- To give guidance to prospective applicants on the preparation of their applications;
- To facilitate the gathering of information from applicants that is verifiable and can be evaluated for the purposes of selecting qualified parties for further participation in the RFP process; and
- To elicit comment from applicants on specific issues pertaining to the RFQ in order to assist in the preparation of the RFP.
Clarifications relating to the RFQ should be e-mailed or delivered by hand to:
The Commercial Services Manager
Mr Ephraim Kunene
Swaziland Electricity Company
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