- The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP)
A multiple phase Project, established by the LHDA Act in Lesotho and the 1986 Treaty between Lesotho and South Africa. It entails construction of dams and tunnels for storing, diverting and controlling the flow of water of the Senqu/Orange River and its tributaries to deliver water to South Africa, to generate hydro‐electric power in Lesotho and to undertake ancillary developments. Phase I of the LHWP, consisting of Katse and Mohale dams, ’Muela hydropower station and associated tunnels, was inaugurated in 2004.
The water transfer component of Phase II will comprise a Concrete Faced Rockfill Dam at Polihali downstream of the confluence of Khubelu and Senqu (Orange) Rivers and a concrete lined gravity tunnel that connects the Polihali Reservoir to the Katse Reservoir. Other Phase II activities include Advance Infrastructure (Access Roads, Project Housing and Labour Camps, Bulk Power Supply line and Telecommunication, etc.), Feeder Roads and implementation of environmental and socio economic and public health mitigation plans. The hydroelectricity component of Phase II includes the construction of a hydroelectric generation plant at Kobong or a similar scheme. The feasibility studies to finalise this component are in progress.
To accomplish the above, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) intends to procure the following Professional Services and Construction Works. The indicative procurement programme for the next six months is as follows:
These contracts will be procured in accordance with the procurement principles and rules set out in the Treaty, its Protocols, and the Phase II Agreement. Procurement is open to eligible Tenderers as specified in the Instructions to Tenderers for each of the contracts.
Specific Procurement Notices (advertisements) for the contracts to be procured under competitive bidding procedures will be announced as they become available, on the LHDA website, in the Lesotho and South African Newspapers, as well as other media outlets as appropriate.
For additional information, visit http://www.lhda.org.ls/phase2/tenderbulletin.
2. Nigeria Electrification Project
Background: The Nigeria Electrification Project will leverage private sector investments in solar mini grids and standalone solar systems to provide electricity to 2.5 million people and 70,000 micro, small and medium enterprises. It will also provide publicly-funded reliable electricity to seven universities and two teaching hospitals. Further, the project will support the development of a sustainable framework for expanding electricity access in Nigeria over the long term. This is financed through an IDA credit of $350 million.
The project comprises of four components:
1. The first component, solar hybrid mini grids for rural economic development will be implemented under a market-based private sector led approach to construct, operate, and maintain economically viable mini grids, supported by subsidies that reduce initial capital outlays. It consists of following sub-components: (i) minimum subsidy tender for mini grids; and (ii) performance-based grants program.
2. The second component, stand-alone solar systems for homes and MSMEs goal is significantly increase the market for stand-alone solar systems in Nigeria in order to provide access to electricity to more than one million Nigerian households and MSMEs at lower cost than their current means of service such as small diesel gensets. It consists of following sub-components: (i) market scale-up challenge grants; and (ii) performance-based grants.
3. The third component, energizing education objective is to provide reliable, affordable, and sustainable power to public universities and associated teaching hospitals.
4. The fourth component, technical assistance is designed to build a framework for rural electrification upscaling, support project implementation as well as broad capacity building in Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing (FMPWH), and other relevant stakeholders.
Additional note: U.S. energy firms with off-grid technologies and services should be notified to position themselves for upcoming projects that will be announced within the next few months. The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) informed the U.S. Embassy in Lagos that they have secured Board approval and will proceed with the tender as soon as the Federal Executive Council approves. The turnaround will be very fast — the Embassy was told between 2 weeks to 3 months.
For more information: see World Bank website here. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Ngozi Nkwoh at the address below.
Power Africa contact:
Ms. Benedicta “Ngozi” Nkwoh
U.S. Embassy Lagos
3. Nigerian Gas Flare Opportunity
Background: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations 2018, to be implemented under the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP). The NGFCP is a market-driven mechanism to attract competent third party investors from across the world to commercialize the country’s flared gas. NGFCP is seeking scalable technology for gas flare capture/commercialization, mini LNG equipment suppliers, as well as the national LPG Expansion Program (scalable gas flare capture technology/equipment/services to meet requirements for proposed modular refinery, small LNG equipment suppliers, LPG equipment/accessories/service suppliers). Flare gas is available at a price the successful investors have bid, for use as fuel and/or feedstock in proven gas utilization technologies.
To Participate: The bidding process will be carried out using a two-stage procurement process: 1) the first stage of the bidding process is a Request for Qualification (RFQ); and 2) Qualified applicants will then be invited to proceed to the second stage (i.e. issuance of the Request for Proposal — RFP) of the bidding process where they will be requested to submit a detailed proposal which must be in conformity with the RFP package requirements.
In order to participate in the bidding process, parties MUST register through the NGFCP Portal: http://www.ngfcp.gov.ng/. Once the RFQ has been launched, registered parties will be able to login through the portal and will see an “RFQ Dashboard” where they can download the key documents, including the RFQ document, and will be asked to upload their Statement of Qualifications. For those who have not registered, use this link below Registration/Expression of Interest (EoI) on the NGFCP web portal.
It is also important to note that the interface by those interested in the Programme with the NGFCP will be through the portal.
A further email will be sent to all registered parties notifying them to download the Request for Qualifications (RfQ), Programme Information Memorandum (PIM), the Regulations, the Programme Guidelines. Parties would only have access to relevant programme documents from the NGFCP Portal using their Log on details.
Status & Timeline: The approved Gas Flaring Regulation has been published in the Gazette (see attached), which is a prerequisite for issuing the RFQ. The RFP for the first bidding round is then expected to be launched by Q3/Q4 2018. A Bidders Conference is planned for three weeks after the launch of the RFP.
For more information: Visit the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialization Program (NGFCP) website at http://www.ngfcp.gov.ng/
NGFCP Point of Contact:
Mr. Justice O. Derefaka | Program Manager,
Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP),
Office of the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR),
Block D, 11th Floor, NNPC Towers,
Herbert Macauley Way, FCT, Abuja
Mobile: +234 807 036 5158
Questions may also be directed to -
Telephone: +234–809NOFLARN, +234–809NGFLARE
Power Africa Point of Contact:
Mr. Edward LaFarge
Senior Power Sector Advisor, Office of Economic Growth and Environment
USAID Nigeria || U.S. Embassy
Time Zone — Est +5hours
Ms. Benedicta “Ngozi” Nkwoh
Senior Commercial Specialist
U.S. Consulate — General, Lagos, Nigeria
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
Tel: 234 1 4603400 ext 3520