Afghanistan Issues Tender for the Development of 5 MW Hybrid Solar Project

The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) of Afghanistan has issued a tender for a 5 MW hybrid solar project in the country.

The project is set to be developed in Ghor Province, located in the central region of Afghanistan.

The last day for bid submission is July 20, 2018.

Bidding for the hybrid plant will take place under the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures of the Procurement Law of Afghanistan. The bid security validity will have a period of 148 days and the government has fixed $280,000 as the bid security for this tender.

The bid is open to all eligible source countries, and the bidders will need to establish their financial capability to execute the contract of $1.85 million by furnishing bank statements, lines of credit, and other related financial documents.

Apart from this, bidders also need to show evidence of having completed at least one similar contract, of minimum $76.14 million in the last five years. Audited financial statements in the last five years should also show at least $145.93 million.

Earlier, Mercom reported that Afghanistan also awarded 50 MW of solar hybrid projects to be developed at the Hisar-e-Shahi Industrial Park in Nangarhar province and Khost province of Afghanistan. These plants will be developed by the Shuangdeng Group of China and Waaree Energies of India respectively.

In February of this year, the national power utility of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the purchase of power from two grid-connected solar PV projects with capacity of 15 MW each. The projects are being developed by Turkey-based 77 Construction Company and Zularistan Energy for Afghanistan (ZEFA) in Kandhar province.

In November 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide a $44.76 million grant for the construction of a 20 MW on-grid solar PV project in Naghlu, located in Kabul’s Surobi district.

Nitin is a reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer