KE-Electricity SIL (2010) - P103037
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum | Published October 27, 2014 - Deadline November 27, 2014
Expression Of Interest For Consultancy Services For
Pre-feasibility Studies Of Private Sector Renewable Energy Mini-grids
MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND PETROLEUM
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR PRE-FEASIBILITY STUDIES OF PRIVATESECTOR RENEWABLE ENERGY MINI-GRIDS
The Government of Kenya has received financing from theIDA for Kenya Electricity Expansion Programme (KEEP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultancy services forPre-feasibility Studies of PrivateSector Renewable Energy Mini-grids.
The GoK has sought World Bank assistance for rural electrification in theproposed Kenya Electricity Modernization Project (KEMP). The KEMP intends to include an Off-grid Electrification Component. Thecomponent will support green-field mini-grid investments to be undertaken by the private sector in partnership with the publicsector. The mini-grids are likely to serve communities with households, public sector facilities, businesses and industrial loads,typically with about 200 to 3,000 connections (customers). Majority of customers are likely to be households.
The development strategy is to remove the principal constraints to engaging theprivate sector to partnerwith public sector to deliver electricity services to large number ofconsumers, powered by renewableenergy sources. By mitigating these constraints and enhancing confidence, future expansion of services can proceed without or withmore limited government or donor support.
In this regard, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is thus seeking to procurea short term consultancy,to identify and characterize the optimal renewable electricity hybridmini-grid projects to be developedand operated by the private sector. The study will suggest the framework and propose the necessary instruments required forimplementation. The study will be conducted withina period of not more than six (6) months.
In particular, the Consultantwill:-
1. Baseline Characterization: Investigate the12 diesel and hybrid mini-grids operated by KPLC and characterize them;
2. Site Screening: Undertake sitevisits and screen the 40 greenfield mini-grid sites identified by MOEP, REA and KPLC rankthem and recommend 30 sites and the service territory they would cover.
3. Field Data Collection for 30 sites and GIS Mapping: collectdata on towns, villages and other community, distance tonearest LV, MV or HV grid or substation, layout of villageincludingmajor loads, houses, roads, any environmental or social considerations that mayaffect electricity service and on wind, solar or other renewable resources, for the 30 selected sites and prepare a GISdatabase and maps:
4. Load Forecasting: Design and testsurvey instrument and conduct rapid assessments of demand and demand growth for households, public sector institutions, watersupply, commercial and industrial loads for the selected sites.
5. Least Cost Electricity Supply: Using HOMERor any other models, conduct modelling studies and other assessments to determine the optimal configuration of renewableenergy.
6. Network Reticulation and Connections: Fora target connection rate of 65% of households plus other loads, prepare pre-feasibility level MVand LV network reticulation plans for the first three years.
7. Investment Requirements and FinancialViability: Estimate at a pre-investment level, the investment costs by the third yearand conduct afinancial analysis to determine the levelized fixed tariff premium (dollars per kWh) required,assuming that the consumers pay theelectricity tariff approved by ERC.
8. Recommendations: Based on theseassessments recommend the preferred business model(s) and for the 30 sites, prepare a summary of financial, servicesand otheroutcomes, BOQ of principal requirements, investment requirements, grant support requirements, risks and risk mitigationplans.
The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum now invites eligibleconsultants to indicatetheir interest in providing the services. Interested consultants mustprovide information indicating thatthey are qualified to perform theservices (e.g. brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions,availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Interestedfirms must submit the following information:
(i) Experience of the firm to undertake works of similar nature (provide list of studies conducted of a similar nature in the last 10 years)
(ii) Capability of key personnel, including their qualifications and competence in undertaking the consultancy works. Suchpersonnel must include specialists in the following disciplines;a) Renewable Energy and Rural Electrificationwith BSc degree or Equivalent; b) Project Economic and Finance/Transactions Specialist(s) with BSc/BA degree or equivalent, c) System Engineering expert with BSc degree or equivalent d) Survey Design Specialist with BSc/BA degree or equivalent. Knowledge ofrenewable energy technologies and Rural Electrification is a must for all the specialists.
Consultants may associate with otherfirms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications, but one can only belong to ONEconsultancy
Eligible firms are requested to submit their "Expression of Interest" for this assignment to:
The Principal Secretary
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
P. O. Box 30582-00100
or be deposited in the Tender Box situatedon 24th floor, Nyayo HouseBuilding so as to be received not later than 27th November, 2014 at 10.00 am (East African Time). Theresponses will be opened immediately thereafter at the Conference Room, 23rd Floor, in the presence of bidders'representatives who choose to attend.
HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES
For: PRINCIPAL SECRETARY