Today, 29 October 2013, the Department of Energy sent letters of appointment to 17 preferred bidders, two of which were for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects.

"The Department received 93 Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date.

 

The Department has today, 29 October 2013, sent letters of appointment as Preferred Bidders to 17 Bidders who submitted Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date. The number of appointments, and the total MW of Contracted Capacity awarded to date, is as follows:

 

Onshore Wind – 7 Preferred Bidders totalling 787MW
Solar Photovolatic – 6 Preferred Bidders totalling 450MW
Biomass – 1 Preferred Bidder of 16,5MW
Landfill Gas – 1 Preferred Bidder of 18MW
Concentrated Solar – 2 Preferred Bidders totalling 200MW

 

The Honourable Minister of Energy and the Director-General of the Department of Energy are currently not available to address the media and interested parties about the outcome to date of the procurement in respect of the Third Bid Submission Phase, and appropriate arrangements will be made in due course for a detailed announcement regarding the Preferred Bidders and the benefits to South Africa in respect of their projects.

 

The Department has today also sent letters of non-appointment as Preferred Bidders to 18 Bidders. Those letters were sent to Bidders whose Bid Responses were Non-Compliant with the requirements of Part B (Qualification Criteria) of the RFP.

 

The Department has taken note of the fact that a large number of very competitive Bid Responses were submitted for the Third Bid Submission Date in the Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, and the Department is considering the appointment of additional Preferred Bidders for those Technologies from the remaining Compliant Bidders. As such, the Preferred Bidders that have been appointed in those Technologies may not be the only Preferred Bidders that are appointed in those Technologies for the Third Bid Submission Date, and no final decision on this has been taken at this time. The Department will make a further announcement regarding its decision in this regard in due course, and is intending to do so by not later than 20 November 2013".

– See more at: http://social.csptoday.com/markets/south-africa-2-csp-projects-awarded-window-3-reipppp#sthash.Today, 29 October 2013, the Department of Energy sent letters of appointment to 17 preferred bidders, two of which were for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects.

"The Department received 93 Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date.

The Department has today, 29 October 2013, sent letters of appointment as Preferred Bidders to 17 Bidders who submitted Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date. The number of appointments, and the total MW of Contracted Capacity awarded to date, is as follows:

Onshore Wind Energy- 7 Preferred Bidders totalling 787MW
Solar Photovolatic – 6 Preferred Bidders totalling 450MW
Biomass – 1 Preferred Bidder of 16,5MW
Landfill Gas – 1 Preferred Bidder of 18MW
Concentrated Solar Power – 2 Preferred Bidders totalling 200MW 

 

The Department of Energy (DoE) has informed another 17 renewable-energy developers that they have been appointed as preferred bidders following the conclusion of the third bid-submission round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The bidders were informed in line with the schedule outlined for the third bid-submission and despite the postponement of the official media announcement to November 4.

The public announcement was postponed owing to the fact that Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins and his senior officials were participating in President Jacob Zuma’s State visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The DoE confirmed that it had received 93 bid responses and that the projects represented by the 17 preferred bidders had a collective installed capacity of 1 471.5 MW.

The combined allocation was shared between seven onshore wind bidders (787 MW), six solar photovolatic (PV) projects (450 MW), a 16.5 MW biomass project, a 18 MW landfill gas bidder and two concentrated solar power (CSP) bidders (200 MW).

The DoE reported that a large number of competitive responses had been submitted, particularly from potential onshore wind and solar PV developers and that it was, therefore, considering the appointment of additional preferred bidders for those technology categories. An announcement regarding that decision would be made by November 20, but the DoE stressed that “no final decision on this has been taken at this time”.

The department also sent letters of non-appointment to 18 participants, which failed to comply.

The appointments raise the number of renewables developers to have prevailed under South Africa’s rigorous REIPPPP process to 64, with 47 projects already at various stages of development.

The prices associated with the various projects were not immediately available.

The names of the successful bidders were also not immediately available, but a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power confirmed that three of its large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape had progressed to preferred-bidder status. The company said in a statement that the projects represented a total generation capacity of 360 MW and an investment value of about R9-billion.

In addition, Werksmans Attorneys reported that it had represented Cobra Energia, of Spain, which was one of the two successful CSP bidders.

Financial close for the 17 projects is scheduled to be finalised by July 30, 2014.

 

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