Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), has tendered 90 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the country under the Phase-II of its Sooryabala Sangramaya Program.
The bid-submission deadline of this global tender is March 23, 2018. The capacity tendered comprises 90 grid-connected solar PV projects of 1 MW each. For each project, a grid substation has been assigned by the CEB.
A total of 17 grid substations have been assigned. These include: Anuradhapura, Habarana, Trincomalee, Maho, Pannala, Valachchenai, Vavuniya, Embilipitia, Beliatta, Galle, Matara, Mathugama, Ampara, Mahiyanganaya, Monaragala, Pallekele and Vavunathivu.
According to the CEB, a single bidder can bid for any number of projects. The projects will be developed on Build Own Operate (BOO) basis and the CEB will enter 20-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the successful bidders.
The scope of work includes the design, finance, procurement, supply, construction, installation, testing, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of the grid-connected solar PV projects. The successful bidders will have to bear the entire cost of interconnection of the grid-connected solar PV power project, including the costs of power transmission line, transformers, and metering.
Mercom had previously reported that the CEB also tendered a 10 MW solar project to be developed in Vavunathivu in Sri Lanka.
In 2017, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member, had announced that it will invest $100 million to provide some impetus to financing for renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka.
Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.