SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE: call for tenders for a photovoltaic solar power plant in Santo Amaro

A solar power plant will soon be built in São Tomé and Principe. The government of this central African island country chose to build the plant south of Santo Amaro, a city located in the north of the island of São Tomé. The project is now being tendered by the Santomean Ministry of Infrastructure and Natural Resources.

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

AfDB financing

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.

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“For this contract, the borrower will make payments using the direct payment disbursement method. The method, as defined in the AfDB Disbursement Guidelines and Procedures for Financing Investment Projects, with the exception of payments that the contract provides to be made by letter of credit”, read it the tender document.

In addition to the construction of a solar power plant, the ETISP also covers the rehabilitation of the mini hydropower plant of Papagaio. The installation, located on the island of Principe, has a capacity of 1 MW and should be operational by 2024. Currently, renewable energies represent only 5% of the electricity mix of the archipelago of São Tomé and Principe. This clean electricity comes mainly from the Contador hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 1.9 MW. The country, which has more than 219,000 inhabitants, has an installed capacity of 35.8 MW, according to the AfDB. ETISP is also supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Jean-Marie Takouleu

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