EDM Launches Tender for Floating Solar Feasibility Study in Mozambique

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Mozambique’s state-owned power company Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) has announced a tender to conduct a feasibility study for a floating solar prospect in the country.

EDM has invited bids from consultancy firms to assess the potential and implications of setting up the floating solar farm in the Chicamba dam, located in Manica Province.

EDM issued a request for expressions of interest (EOI) at the end of December 2021, inviting the consultancy firms to submit their applications by January 28, 2022. The successful bidder will need to complete the assignment within 14 months of receiving the award letter. The consultants are given the option to constitute joint ventures to enhance their chances of qualification.

The scope of work comprises preparing a technical and financial feasibility report including the evaluation of the environmental impact of the solar power plant infrastructure on the dam and marine ecosystem, as well as the socio-economic aspects of the project. The consultant is also required to provide an assessment of the financial model and grid integration study to EDM for the project. The resulting data will guide the power company and other local stakeholders in the decision-making process.

EDM has applied for financing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) towards the cost of the feasibility studies of the project and plans to apply part of the grant for payments under the contract for consulting services.

The aim of introducing the floating solar project is to fulfill the need for additional power generation, utilize the existing open water surface of the dam for power generation, and save arable lands for agriculture. The floating solar PV farm will also contribute to better hydrologic regulation.

Mozambique is a developing country with one of the highest renewable energy potentials but has nearly 40% of its population connected to the grid. The country runs primarily on hydropower, contributing over 80% of its total power generation. As the majority of the country is still dependent on biomass for energy needs, the development of floating solar projects on its hydroelectric plants will increase the electrification rate, adhering to renewable energy.

In December 2021, the independent power producer Globeleq, along with its project partners, Source Energia and EDM, reached the financial close on the $36 million Cuamba Solar PV farm with battery storage systems. The 15 MWp solar farm, located in Niassa province, is expected to become operational in the second half of 2022.

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