Malawi invites bidders to express interest for solar PV tender

The Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) of Malawi is calling on qualified bidders to expression their interests for a 10MW solar PV tender to be constructed in Salima.

The plant may be scaled up with an additional 10MW capacity to 20MW.

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Malawi published in May 2017 shows the demand forecast for year 2020 exceeding 567MW whilst EGENCO’s installed generation capacity is at 411.6MW (including diesel generators).

Although the liberalised electricity market has realised additional power generation from other power producers, there remains a capacity deficit in the grid.

This has in recent years been compounded by a combination of climate change and environmental degradation that have caused a substantial reduction in the water levels of Lake Malawi, reducing flows in the Shire River, and ultimately reducing EGENCO’s hydro generation capacity during the dry seasons.

This signals the urgent need to explore quick non-hydro energy supply options to bolster electricity supply in the country.

It is against this background that EGENCO intends to deploy a 10MW solar PV electricity generation at Nanjoka in Salima.

Scope of work for interested bidders includes conducting a feasibility study, designing, supplying, installing and commissioning of the plant.

The submission deadline is Thursday 7 March 2019.

Additional tender details can be found on this link.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal