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South Africa: 2 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Projects Awarded in Window 3 of the REIPPPP

Today, 29 October 2013, the Department of Energy sent letters of appointment to 17 preferred bidders, two of which were for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects.

“The Department received 93 Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date.


The Department has today, 29 October 2013, sent letters of appointment as Preferred Bidders to 17 Bidders who submitted Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date. The number of appointments, and the total MW of Contracted Capacity awarded to date, is as follows:


Onshore Wind – 7 Preferred Bidders totalling 787MW
Solar Photovolatic – 6 Preferred Bidders totalling 450MW
Biomass – 1 Preferred Bidder of 16,5MW
Landfill Gas – 1 Preferred Bidder of 18MW
Concentrated Solar – 2 Preferred Bidders totalling 200MW


The Honourable Minister of Energy and the Director-General of the Department of Energy are currently not available to address the media and interested parties about the outcome to date of the procurement in respect of the Third Bid Submission Phase, and appropriate arrangements will be made in due course for a detailed announcement regarding the Preferred Bidders and the benefits to South Africa in respect of their projects.


The Department has today also sent letters of non-appointment as Preferred Bidders to 18 Bidders. Those letters were sent to Bidders whose Bid Responses were Non-Compliant with the requirements of Part B (Qualification Criteria) of the RFP.


The Department has taken note of the fact that a large number of very competitive Bid Responses were submitted for the Third Bid Submission Date in the Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, and the Department is considering the appointment of additional Preferred Bidders for those Technologies from the remaining Compliant Bidders. As such, the Preferred Bidders that have been appointed in those Technologies may not be the only Preferred Bidders that are appointed in those Technologies for the Third Bid Submission Date, and no final decision on this has been taken at this time. The Department will make a further announcement regarding its decision in this regard in due course, and is intending to do so by not later than 20 November 2013”.