The Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia Ltd (IDC) has prequalified 11 bidders seeking to develop 100 MW of solar power projects in the African nation, it announced on Thursday.
France’s EDF Energie Nouvelle, Norway’s Scatec Solar, Italy’s Enel Green Power (BIT:EGPW), UK’s Globeleq and seven other companies will be competing for contracts to develop two 50-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in Zambia’s Lusaka South - Multi Facility Economic Zone.
Those would be the initial developments under Round 1 of the 600-MW Scaling Solar Programme. The World Bank’s International Finance Corp (IFC) said in July that it will be consulting IDC on the first solar projects. The plan is for the two facilities to be built on separate sites and developed by different private sector firms, it mentioned at the time.
The 11 pre-qualified companies will have the chance to participate in the Request for Proposals (RfPs) bidding process that is to open sometime in January 2016. After that, IDC is expected to announce timings for Round 2 of the 600-MW programme.
The table below shows the names of all pre-qualified companies.
||EDF Energie Nouvelle
||Access Eren Zambia 1
||Mulilo Zambia PV1 Consortium
||Enel Green Power (EGP)
||International Power SA/Engie
||Neoen First Solar
||Shanghai Electric Power/Avic
||Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 – Old Mutual Life Insurance Company – Cobra/CDE
||Grupo T-Solar, SA
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