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Eskom issues Request for Information for 100 MW solar power-tower project

South African utility ESKOM has issued a request for information (RFI) to test supplier-market interest for the design, supply and installation of the 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant it is planning to construct near Upington, in the Northern Cape, by 2016.
The RFI documentation was released on April 1 and potential suppliers and contractors have until May 8 to register their interest.

ESKOM aims to build a central-receiver CSP plant, in a bid to demonstrate the technology. The facility would include molten salt as a storage and heat transfer medium and could form the basis of a future plan to deploy a fleet of such power plants domestically.

ESKOM had already secured some funding for the initiative from the World Bank, the Clean Technology Fund and the African Development Bank. It is also in discussions with development banks from France and Germany, as well as with the European Investment Bank, with the intention to source the balance of the debt funding for the project.

The RFI will test the supplier market ahead of the release of a formal engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender and the award of a contract for the period 2013 to 2016.

ESKOM indicated a preference for procuring the ‘solar island’ and the ‘power plant’ from a single supplier, but would source miscellaneous items from various suppliers.
The successful bidder would also to be expected to promote local manufacture in line with Eskom’s procurement rules and government’s industrial policy.

The RFI submissions will have to be delivered to Eskom’s ‘tender box’ at its Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg, by 10:00 on Thursday, May 8.

Additional information: Full RFI
News date: 01/04/2012

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