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The government of Mozambique has launched a notice of pre-qualification of independent power producers (IPPs) for the development of two solar energy projects in the country. The combined capacity of the proposed solar plants will be 60 MWac and will be built under public-private partnerships (PPP).
The Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has launched the pre-qualification process through the Energy Regulatory Authority (ARENE) for the selection of solar power project developers. The first solar plant (30 MWac) will be developed in the town of Manje in the Tete province and the other plant (30 MWac) will be built in Chimbunila town in the Niassa province.
The applicants for this pre-qualification process and further selected bidders can apply for one specific lot or both lots of the project by January 17, 2023. According to ARENE, the applicants are required to submit a specific application and meet the pre-qualification criteria for each lot, in case they are interested in applying in both lots.
The Prefered Bidder will be selected through a competitive tender with pre-qualification, where ARENE will act in the capacity of the Procuring Authority. The bid invitation is expected to be issued to the pre-qualified applicants during the first quarter of 2023.
The solar project will be developed under the Programa de Promoção de Leilões de Energias Renováveis (Promotion of Renewable Energy Auction Programme or PROLER) initiative. The initiative aims to select IPPs for solar PV and wind energy projects in the country and has received funds from the European Union through the French Development Agency.
Under the PROLER initiative, the first concession has already been awarded to Total Eren, the subsidiary of French company TotalEnergies, in April 2022. The French renewable energy company is currently developing a 40 MWp solar power plant in the Dondo district in Safala province.