The Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led government plans to implement a project for installation of 1,170 solar irrigation pumps in Sudan, in the states of North Kordofan and West Kordofan, to be precise.
Through the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the North African country has hence launched a call for tenders, inviting interested companies to submit their expression of interest in the said project before September 14th, 2021.
Expected responsibility of the successful bidder
Upon the completion of the consultant selection process, the successful company will be expected to provide engineering and supervision services, design solar water pumping systems, according to the requirements of each farm.
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They will also provide assistance to the irrigation project implementation unit, supervision, and contract administration of works related to the installation and commissioning of the solar pumps in addition to supporting the project implementation unit through technical and financial supervision to ensure that all works are carried out according to the contract specifications.
Lastly, but not least, the winning consultants will participate in the construction activities and in the implementation of the project’s environmental and social management plan.
Funding for the project
The Project for installation of 1,170 solar irrigation pumps in Sudan is part of a program funded by the African Development Bank Group or Banque Africaine de Développement. Reportedly, two years ago, the multilateral development finance institution granted a loan of US$ 21.7M for the installation of 1,170 pumps in the North and West Kordofan states.
In addition to the installation of the 1,170 solar-powered irrigation pumps, the project also includes pump repair and maintenance facilities, as well as provision for the supply of equipment for a pump test laboratory.