Ethiopia power sector

The Ethiopian finance ministry’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate General on 3 April launched a request for proposals for two 125MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects being developed through the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar programme. 12 prequalified bidders have been invited to participate and bids are due before the end of June.

Prequalification began in October 2017 for the projects, with successful bidders announced in March 2018. Ethiopia Electric Power has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to advise on the development of up to 500MW through the Scaling Solar programme. The projects are expected to be located in the Somali and Afar regions.

Prequalified bidders include Access Infra Africa and Total Eren; Acciona Energia and Swicorp; Actis and Mulilo Renewable Energy; Acwa Power; Al-Nowais (now Amea Power), Aldwych International (now part of Anergi Holdings) and Alten Energías Renovables; EdF and Masdar; Enel Green Power; Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Globeleq and Belayab; Korea Southern Power (Kospo) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco); Mitsui & Co Ltd; Morocco’s Nareva Holding and India’s Adani Power; and Scatec Solar.

Financial close at two 60MW Scaling Solar projects in Kahone and Touba in Senegal is expected in the coming weeks. The projects were awarded to a consortium of Engie and Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund in April 2018 and reached commercial close on 13 November with the signing of power purchase agreements. Scaling Solar also has mandates in Madagascar and Zambia, where the 47.5MW Bangweulu project began operating last month and the 28MW Ngonye1 project is expected online later this year.


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