Afghanistan Government Invites EoI for 2 GW Solar Projects

Interested investors are invited to submit their expression of interest along with the profile of their company on or before December 20, 2018.

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The Ministry of Energy and Water of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has issued a notification inviting expressions of interest from developers to construct grid connected solar PV projects of a total capacity of 2 GW in the country.

Interested investors are invited to submit their expression of interest along with the profile of their company on or before December 20, 2018.

400 MW each of grid-connected solar PV each will be developed in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, and Balkh provinces of Afghanistan in the phase-1 of the country’s solar push.

These Projects are located in large and populated areas of the country where national grid is available and the demand is also very high.

Parallel to the EOI the government will also work on the detail Feasibility Study and identifying and allocation of the land for the implementation of the Project.

Afghanistan’s power demand can be expected to grow at 12-15% p.a. over the next decade resulting in a supply shortfall of over 6000 MW by 2023. The country’s current domestic power supply is around 1.073 GWh or 22% of total supply; while power imports from central Asia and Iran account for 78% of total supply, the notification mentioned.

The notification further stated that “Minimum bid capacity for all the provinces indicated in table above shall be 50 MW. The land for each project will be allocated from the government side to the investor. One project may comprise of several locations in a specified province.”

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