Mar 02, 2016 News
Some 22 bidders have expressed interest in providing power to Bartica using solar power.
According to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure yesterday, the ‘Request
for Proposal’ is part of
Government’s plans to ‘Green Bartica,’ a riverain community up the Essequibo River that is home to miners.
The Ministry explained, yesterday, that through a public tender process, it solicited proposals from Independent Power Producers to design and develop a generation system utilizing an appropriate renewable energy technology, or combination of technologies, under a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) structure, to supply 1.5 MW of power to the GPL Bartica grid under a negotiated and agreed Power Purchase Agreement.
The ‘Request for Proposal’ for submissions based on solar technology closed on Monday with a total of 22 bids received.
The bids came from Scheherazade Isoof Khan Business Development (Guyana), Jamaica Energy Partners (Jamaica), Trinidad and Tobago Power Ventures Ltd., GMS Solar (Guyana), UDECM Inc. (Ontario, Canada), Solar City (USA), Innogen Technologies Inc. (Barbados), Green Hearth Tree Energy (Canada), Future First Energy Experts and Suntuity (USA), Roraima Consulting Inc. (USA), DYNAF (Curacao), Blue Tech Financing Solutions (USA), Sunmoon, Pinnacle Construction and Engineering Guyana (Guyana), Deltro Group (Canada), Our Sun Guyana Inc., SMA Sunbelt Energy (Germany), Associated Energy Developers (USA), Solus Energy (USA), K&P Project Management Company (Guyana), AGRLNDMAR Global (USA) and Peka Solar & Renewable Energy Inc. (USA).
Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), the Ministry said, facilitated the opening of the tenders which was attended by representatives of 10 of the bidding companies and observed by Dr. Mahender Sharma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Horace Williams, CEO of the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc.
Dr. Sharma expressed appreciation to the bidders for their participation in the tender and support of Guyana’s vision for energy security following a sustainable path.
The proposals will be evaluated on criteria, including how well the proposed project is defined and the likelihood of it reaching the minimum energy output target.
Also to be assessed will be the energy price compared to other proposals and the avoided cost for the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) for its Bartica operations.
It will also have to be assessed how quickly the project can supply electricity to the Bartica grid and the guaranteed firm capacity and availability of the system.
The bidder’s experience in power generation using the proposed renewable energy technology or technologies will also have to be considered.
“Following this evaluation, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally engaged by the MPI and invited to submit full comprehensive proposals,” the Ministry explained.
The ‘Green Bartica Plan’ is a Government of Guyana initiative that involves a holistic approach to sustainable economic growth in the soon-to-be township.
Guyana is looking to move away from its current dependence on imported, fossil fuel for its energy needs.
It is currently considering a number of hydro projects and is in negotiation with a firm for a wind farm at Hope Beach, East Coast Demerara.
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