In 2015, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) was directed to target the immediate procurement of up to 600MW of solar energy power in view of the  energy crisis Zambia was experiencing. Under the World Bank Group's Scaling Solar initiative, IDC engaged the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as Transaction Advisors for the rapid development of grid-connected utility-scale solar projects. Round 1 saw IDC secure two Developers to develop 100MW with the outstanding 500MW to be dealt with in subsequent Rounds. 

Under Round 2, IDC has envisaged the procurement of up to 300MW of grid-connected utility-scale solar projects. The tender for pre-qualification was publicised in the press and electronic media for a period of six (6) weeks and sought the successful receipt of 21 bids recorded at IDC during a Tender Opening held on 5th May 2017 at 10:30 hours local time.
 
Pursuant to Zambian Public Procurement Regulations, a robust evaluation process ensued and the following 12 Bidders were Pre-Qualified as responsive to be considered as possible Developers of the Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects in Zambia – Round 2:

 

S/N

BIDDER’S NAME

COUNTRY

(DOMICILE)

1

 SCATEC SOLAR ASA

 NORWAY

2

 NAREVA HOLDING

 MOROCCO

3

 ACCIONA ENERGIA S.A- SWICORP  

 COMPANY-ENARA BAHRAIN

 SPAIN, KSA

 

4

ACCESS EREN JGC ZAMBIA IPP CONSORTIUM

 FRANCE, JAPAN, UAE

5

 MITSUI & COMPANY LIMITED

 JAPAN

6

 ENGIE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS B.V.

 NETHERLANDS

7

 GLOBELEQ – FRV CONSORTIUM

 UK, NETHERLANDS

8

 ENEL GREEN POWER SPA

 ITALY

9

 TATA POWER COMPANY LIMITED

 INDIA

10

 NEOEN & FIRST SOLAR

 FRANCE, USA

11

 TOTAL MULILO ZAMBIA CONSORTIUM

 FRANCE, SOUTH AFRICA

12

 EDF ENERGIES NOUVELLES

 FRANCE

A Request for Proposal (RFP) document on the development of grid-connected utility-scale solar projects will be sent to the enlisted Pre-Qualified Bidders at the earliest possible time to submit sealed bids in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated therein. Most importantly, IDC wishes to congratulate the Pre-Qualified Bidders and urges them to ensure the submission of responsive proposals when the time comes.
 
Further, IDC heartily thanks the nine (9) Non-Qualified Bidders for participating and encourages them to participate in Round 3 which may be advertised possibly before the end of 2017. IDC is confident that the non-qualified bidders could be responsive with the feedback provided under Round 2 results.