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Mauritania tenders for development of solar rural electrification project

The Government of Mauritania is seeking eligible and interested consultants for the development of a solar rural electrification project in Aftout El-Chargui zone.

The Government has received loan and instalment sale financing to the value of $6.9 million ($4.90 million ISFD Loan and $2 million IDB Loan) from the Islamic Development Bank toward the cost of the solar rural electrification project.

Rural electrification project spec

A portion of the funds have been earmarked for the payment of goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project.

OFID is co-financing the project with an amount of $11.93 million and the Government of Mauritania with an amount of $3.60 million.

The general objective of the project is to improve the living standards of the population by supplying clean renewable energy to rural communities in 30 localities in the regions of Assaba, Gorgol and Tagant that are affected by extreme poverty.

The project will support the progressive transformation and improvement of living conditions of the population, through the provision of reliable electricity connections to rural households, water systems, health clinics and schools.

It will also foster the development of small businesses in the project area.

Upon completion, the project will:

  • supply electricity to 5,450 households in 30 localities,
  • contribute to increase the access rate to electricity in rural areas by 7% by 2017,
  • avoid annually 15,000 tonnes of C02 equivalent emissions through the acquisition of 2.6MWp of solar photovoltaic power plant and the necessary electricity grid

What the project will include

  1. Start-up workshop and familiarization visit: A familiarisation visit to IDB will be organised for the Project Managers and for the project awareness and ownership, a workshop will be held at the start of the project to familiarize the PMU on IDB procedures in view of a smooth implementation of the project;
  2. Project Management Unit (PMU): Support to the PMU to be set up to implement the project, including office operating costs, allowances and equipment (computers equipped with printers and photocopy machine);
  3. Capacity Building: consists of technical assistance to APAUS for technology transfer; training of the staff of APAUS, Directorate of Electricity (Ministry of Energy) and ARE; and acquisition of software;
  4. Consultancy services: consists of (a) Engineering services for the detail design studies, the preparation of tender documents, the assistance of the PMU during the procurement process (evaluation of offers, contract negotiations), and the supervision of the physical implementation of the project; and (b) support to APAUS, ARE and Ministry of Energy for the selection of the private operator including preparation of tender documents and assistance during contract negotiation;
  5. Acquisition and installation of a power plant including (a) 2.6MW solar photovoltaic power plant over a surface area of about five ha near the Foum Gleita dam, and (b) 2x 0.250MW back-up diesel generators;
  6. Electrical networks (MV and LV distribution lines), and customer connections: (a) 167 km of 33 kV overhead medium voltage (MV) line with 148 mm- conductor from the plant to El Ghayrc where a MVA 33/15 kV substation will be installed; (b) 77 km of 33 kV overhead lines with 54.6 mm- conductor for the connection of different localities; (c) 31 overhead MV/LV transformers; (d) 68 km of low voltage (LV) networks; and (e) 5,450 household connections;
  7. Financial audit: This component is a provision for an external financial audit at the end of the project.

Obtaining information

Interested bidders may obtain information, and should confirm their interest, by contacting the executing agency directly at the address below:

Mr Mohamed Ould.

Lezgham Agence de Promotion de l’Accès Universel aux Services Ministère des Affaires Economiques & du Développement

B.P: 5566, Nouakchott-Mauritanie,

Tel: 222 45 24 09 98 – 99 Fax: 222 45 24 09 97

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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.