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Angola seeks consultants to support renewable energy programme

The Ministry of Energy and Water of Angola, through the National Directorate for Renewable Energy (DNER), has invited expressions of interest by 1 March from consulting firms to help implement the country’s renewable energy programme.

Consultants are sought for two separate contracts to support the creation of a procurement programme for independent power producers (IPPs) under the Angola Renewable Energy Programme (AREP). The long-term objective of AREP is to set up a dedicated framework that will act as a single entity for all future competitive procurement for IPPs.

This strategy aims to encourage private investment into renewable energy and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuel resources. Angola has set a target of increasing electricity access to 60 per cent of the population by 2025, with 70 per cent to be sourced from renewable energy.

AREP aims to strengthen the technical capacities of the Government of Angola (including the Ministry of Energy and Water, the National Transmission Network, the Regulatory Institute for Electricity and Water, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Finance) so it can independently roll out different windows of competitive, transparent and streamlined bidding.

The contracts will be financed by a US$ 1 million grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, which is managed by the African Development Bank. Prequalification applications are sought for the review of the regulatory and institutional framework of Angola’s renewable energy sector for the establishment and operationalization of a competitive procurement programme for IPPs. To assist it in the process, the consultants will have to identify institutional and regulatory gaps, propose specific mechanisms for stimulating private investment and design the procedures for undertaking competitive procurement activities for IPPs. Additionally, they will have to devise a framework for preparing projects that are suitable for IPPs, with a tentative objective to propose pilot deals and provide training and guidance to government officials on the framework and IPP procurement. Consultants may constitute joint ventures to enhance their chances of qualification.

The National Directorate for Renewable Energy (DNER) also seeks to recruit a long-term Renewable Energy Expert and Project Manager to assist the coordination of implementation of the AREP and to advise and assist MINEA in establishing and operationalizing an IPP procurement framework. The Renewable Energy Expert and Project Manager will be embedded within the DNER. The duration of services is 12 months, starting in April 2019. Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below during office hours, from Monday to Friday.

For further details, contact: Enga Sandra Cristóvão, Ministério Da Energia e Aguas, Direcção Nacional de Energias Renováveis, Rua Cónego Manuel das Neves Nr. 234, 5º andar, Luanda, República de Angola. Email: sandra.cristovao@minea.gv.ao; mineaenergy@gmail.com

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