Jul 04, 2016 News
The second stage of the Request for Proposal (RFP) component for the ‘Green Bartica Plan’ has begun. This is according to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. Assisting the Ministry in this leg of the RFP were the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc and the Guyana Energy Agency.
The first component of the RFP occurred in February of this year. Twenty-two companies from Guyana and abroad had made submissions during this leg of the project which particularly looked at the use of solar energy.
Proposals during the second stage were initiated last Thursday and will focus on wind energy, hydropower energy, biomass, waste-to-energy and tidal energy.
Two companies have submitted tenders for this stage of the project as Independent Power Producers (IPP). They are SelvaGlobal of the United Kingdom and GP Energy Ltd. of Trinidad and Tobago.
When the entire process is completed, a shortlist of qualified firms will be created. These firms will be asked to submit a comprehensive proposal. The selected company will be tasked to design and develop a power generation scheme which is powered by renewable energy sources.
According to the Guyana Energy Agency in its Bartica RFP Responses #1, the request for the proposals will provide supplementary due diligence time for other renewable energy technologies.
It is the intention that the relevant technology will be employed under a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) system to supply power to the Bartica grid.
Currently, Guyana Power and Light supplies power to the town. The power supply is produced from diesel-powered thermal generators. Bartica consumes approximately 11,760 MWh annually. The peak demand in Bartica is 1.8MW as of December 2015.
The facility which the Ministry wishes to have set up should produce at least 2,140 MWH of energy per annum. It is expected that the electricity generated from this initiative will supplement and not replace the current power generation system which exists.
Land to house the agreed energy supply will be made available after the completion of the second stage, when the comprehensive proposal is required. It is assumed that the land will be provided at no cost to the developer.
Regarding the physical preparation of land to house the facility, the GEA has responded in its Bartica RFP Responses #3 that for the purpose of preparation of the proposal and evaluation, it should be assumed that such costs will not be borne by the developer.
Further, as it relates to the preparation of an Environment Impact Assessment and Environment Compliance Plans for the proposed project, the GEA’s RFP Responses #2 stated that the proposing party “shall be responsible for applying and obtaining all necessary permits and licenses at its own cost to construct, operate and sell electricity from the proposed facility.”
According to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, the “Green Bartica Plan” is a Government of Guyana initiative that involves a holistic approach to sustainable economic growth in the newly commissioned town.
The objectives of the project is ultimately to reduce Guyana’s carbon footprint in power generation, agriculture, transport, tourism, construction, waste, manufacturing and other sectors.
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