Afghanistan Tenders for 40 MW Solar Power Projects

Afghanistan MEW has issued a tender for the development of 40 MW solar PV power generation facility at Hisar-E-Shahi Industrial Park in Nanagrahar

Afghanistan 40 MW Solar

The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) of Afghanistan has issued a tender for the development of 40 MW solar PV power generation facility with grid system at Hisar-E-Shahi Industrial Park in Nanagrahar.

MEW is now inviting all interested applicants to submit their Pre-qualification Responses in accordance to the terms and conditions and guidelines of this Pre-qualification Document for the purpose of shortlisting and subsequent issuance of a Request for Proposal (RfP) for evaluation of proposals and award of a PPP Agreement to carrying out the project. The last date for submission of the responses is October 16, 2019.

Following the empanelment of the bidders with successful pre-qualification proposals, the ministry will issue the RfP for the solar project on November 19, 2019. And, the expected deadline for submission of bids is January 14, 2019. MEW expects the contacts to be signed and work to begin by Match 10, 2020.

To be eligible, for the first stage of the process, the bidders must have had a net worth (being the total amount of all assets minus all liabilities, as stated in the audited balance sheet) of at least 80 million US Dollars at the end of each of the most recent three full financial years. And, the applicants must have developed and commissioned at least 2 eligible projects, each involving the installation of power plant having a minimum of 40 MW solar capacity and that was completed and opened to operations during the 10 years falling prior to and ending on the pre-qualification response submissions date.

The scope of work for the project includes the design, supply, manufacture, installation, testing, commissioning, along with the project’s operation, and maintenance. The financing for the project, including both debt and equity, will also be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder.

According to MEW, the bidders must be able to demonstrate that they have raised at least USD 30 million or its equivalent in another currency in third party debt for at least one project in three years. Moreover, the applicant should have had free cash flow to equity (FCFE) of at least USD 20 million or its equivalent in another currency at the end of the last two financial years.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for