The bids are for the development of two 50 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power plants in Lusaka, the country’s capital.


Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Zambia Limited, an investment company wholly owned by the government, said in the statement that the prequalification follows a competitive request for quotation process that run from October 5 to November 13, in which a total of 48 applications were received.

Among the companies that have qualified include China’s Shanghai Electric Power/Avic, EDF Energie Nouvelle of France, Scatec Solar of Norway, Access Eren Zambia 1 of France, Mulilo Zambia PV1 Consortium of South Africa and Enel Green Power of Italy.

The request for proposal bidding process is expected to open in January next year, the statement added.

Early this year, Zambian President Edgar Lungu directed the IDC to target the immediate development and procurement of up to 600 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power into the national grid following a severe energy crisis the country has faced this year due to low water levels for adequate hydro power generation.

About 90 percent of Zambia’s electricity is hydro-generated. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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