São Tomé and Príncipe calls for tender for 1.5MW solar PV plant in Santo Amaro

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE – The government of São Tomé and Príncipe is launching a tender for the construction of a 1.5 MWp solar photovoltaic plant south of Santo Amaro financed by AfDB.

The call for expressions of interest is open until June 6, 2022. The successful company will sign an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a 1.5 MWp solar plant.

The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2022. The company will also operate and maintain the plant.

The installation of the solar park is part of the Energy Transition and Institutional Support Program (ETISP) financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the tune of 12.46 million dollars.

For this contract, the borrower will make payments using the direct payment disbursement method,” reads the bidding document.

The method, as defined in the AfDB’s disbursement guidelines and procedures for financing investment projects, with the exception of payments that the contract calls for to be made by letter of credit.”

In addition to the construction of a solar power plant, the ETISP also covers the rehabilitation of the Papagaio mini hydroelectric plant.

The facility, located on the island of Principe, has a capacity of 1 MW and is expected to be operational by 2024.

Currently, renewable energies only represent 5% of the electric mix of the São Tomé and Principe archipelago.

This clean electricity comes mainly from the Contador hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 1.9 MW.

The country, with a population of more than 219,000, has an installed capacity of 35.8 MW, according to the AfDB.

The project is in line with the government’s plans to achieve a 50% renewable energy rate in its energy mix by 2030.

In addition to solar energy projects, the country is also working to develop four hydroelectric projects of 14 MW in total under a build-own-operate regime in Yô Grande and Bombaim.

Also in the pipeline is the 12.5 MW biomass project, expected to be developed by CISAN in Agua Casada in the Lobata region, having already been signed a power purchase agreement.

Four projects of 15 to 10 MW are being planned by companies like Solo Solar Energy and CISAN, although the current pandemic situation caused by COVID-19 is not allowing the desired development for these projects.

Apart from solar PV and hydropower projects, the government also hopes to make use of new and emerging technologies. A major opportunity lies in ocean technologies that have yet to be made affordable.

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