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Benin seeks eligible bidders for a 120MW thermal power plant. Pic credit: Maps of world

In West Africa, the Benin Electric Energy Company (SBEE) has issued a prequalification notice for the design, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a 120MW thermal power plant on the site of Maria Gleta.

SBEE has set the closing date for all bid submissions for 10 September 2015 at 10:00am. The contract will be funded by the West African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.

Interested bidders can tender for either one or two of the available lots. The first lot involves the design, supply and installation of a thermal power engine dual fuel (gas HFO) 120MW and the second lot is for the operation and maintenance of a thermal power engine dual fuel (gas HFO) 120MW.

Attracting investment in West Africa

Earlier this month ESI Africa reported that the prime ministers of Benin, Mali, Niger, Togo and the Ivory Coast had urged regional governments to liberalise the West African region’s electricity sector to mitigate the region’s insufficient power capacities.

The discussion was held at the founding meeting of the West African Energy Leaders Group — an initiative assembling political and business leaders seeking to boost public-private power development projects in the region, reported the AFP.

Ivoirian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and the summit’s host said: “African states must carry out deep structural and sectoral reforms, notably the liberalisation of the electricity sector.”

Benin incorporates green technology

In March, the government of Benin partnered with the US aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and were seeking proposals to develop solar and renewable power projects in the West African country.

The partnership was inviting grants of between $100,000 (ZAR1 million) to $5 million (ZAR59 million) for projects which include:

  • residential generation and storage
  • pay-as-you-go solar PV kits
  • community-level mini-grids
  • systems that support public infrastructure (pumping stations and medical facilities)

Benin imports electricity from Ghana and Nigeria. An agreement was signed with Togo and Ghana in 1967 under which Benin receives low-cost electricity from the Akosombo hydroelectric dam on the Volta River in Ghana. Benin also imports electricity from Nigeria through the CEB-NEPA power interconnection commissioned in 2007.

For full tender information for the ‘prequalification notice for 120MW thermal power plant’ view the Tenders block.

 

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