UNDP Tenders For 10.5 MW Solar Power Projects in Gambia

UNDP Tenders For 10.5 MW Solar Power Projects in Gambia

The last date of bid submission is April 23, 2019.

Solar Power Projects in Gambia

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has invited interested companies to submit expressions of interest (EoI) for the deployment of two solar PV projects (Project I and Project II) in the Gambia to be implemented by a single Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Project 1 will be a solar PV power generation plant located at an identified site near Farafenni with a base capacity of 7.0 MW coupled with battery storage to level-out solar PV supply and demand in the grid. And, Project 2 will be a solar PV plant with a capacity of 3.5 MW, at a site near Basse.

Both projects are expected to feed electricity into the national electricity grid and the selected company will be invited to sign a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NAWEC (National Water & Electricity Company) for the purchase of electricity generated by the two plants over a period of 20 years under a BOOT (Build Own Operate Transfer) arrangement.

UNDP is working on the project with support from NAMA Facility (jointly established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)).

The last date of bid submission is April 23, 2019, and the EoIs will be opened on a later date.

The scope of work for selected bidders will include the construction of the two solar PV plants and operation of the plants over a period of 20 years, and feeding electricity into the Gambian grid under a PPA.

To be eligible, the bidders should have undertaken solar power projects in the past 10 years with a cumulative capacity of at least 10 MW. And, at least one solar PV project was undertaken in the past 10 years with a single capacity of at least 5 MW.

The proposed Financing Mechanism is being prepared and structured by Climate Mundial with the support of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), while Baker McKenzie will act as legal advisor. The lead Contractor will sign a separate contract with the financial arranger and legal advisor.

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Ayush Verma

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