Afghanistan launches RFQ for 40 MW PV project

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which signed a solar power mandate with the International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group) in September 2018, has decided to structure and tender a 40 MW PV project under the Scaling Solar program. The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for the project located near Gozareh district in Herat Province.
Pre-qualified bidders will be given access to the Virtual Data Room and will be invited to attend one or more organized site visits and/ or pre-bid conferences as part of their due diligence, prior to submission of final proposals.
The private developer will develop the project under a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintenance-Transfer (DBFOMT) contract or similar arrangement. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Government Support Agreement (GSA) is expected to be maximum 25 years. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the government owned national utility, will purchase and accept all energy generated by the power plant.
At present, approximately 70 percent of Afghanistan’s total power capacity of 1,450 MW is imported from the neighboring countries of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran. Access to electricity remains low, around 34 percent, and it is focused in urban areas and along transmission corridors that are connected to imported energy, says the IFC.

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