Ethiopia issues EPC tender for 20 solar PV mini-grids

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  • Ethiopia’s electricity utiltiy has released a tender for the construction of 20 solar minigrids in that country. 

Plant Design, Supply, and Installation

(Without Prequalification)

Employer: Ethiopian Electric Utility

Project: Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE)

Contract title: Package II (C) Procurement of Plant Design, Supply, Installation, Test and Commissioning of Solar Mini-Grids (Generation) Projects in 20 mini-grids including six months of operation and maintenance.

Country: Ethiopia

Credit No.: IDA-68570


Issued on: June 17, 2023

  1. The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE) and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the Contracts for Procurement of Package II (C), Procurement of Plant Design, Supply, Installation, Test and Commissioning of Solar Mini-Grids (Generation) Projects in 20 mini-grids including six months operation and maintenance. For this contract, the Borrower shall process the payments using the Direct Payment disbursement as method, defined in the World Bank’s Disbursement Guidelines for Investment Project Financing, except for those payments, which the contract provides to be made through Letter of Credit.
  2. The Ethiopian Electric Utility now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for Package II (C) Procurement of Plant Design, Supply, Installation, Test, and Commissioning of Solar Mini-Grids (Generation) Projects in 20 mini-grids including six months of operation and maintenance in 3 Lots with the following project sites.

  1. Bidding will be conducted through international competitive procurement using a Request for Bids (RFB) selection method as specified in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers Procurement in Investment Projects Financing” fourth edition November 2020 (“Procurement Regulations”) and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Regulations.
  2. Bidders may Bid for one or several lots/contracts, as further defined in the bidding document. Bidders wishing to offer discounts in case they are awarded more than one contract will be allowed to do so provided those discounts are included in the Letter of Bid.
  3. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from Ethiopian Electric Utility and inspect the bidding document during office hours Monday- Thursday 8:00-12:00 to 13:00-17:00 hours Friday: 8:00-11:30 to 13:30 – 17:00 hours Saturday: 8:00-12:00 hours at the address given
  4. The bidding document in English may be purchased by interested Bidders upon the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of anon-refundable fee of Birr 4000.00(Four Thousand Birr only) or its equivalent of USD 80 (Eighty USD) or its equivalent in a freely convertible currencystarting from June 17, 2023. The method of payment will be cash payment at PPMO cashier’s check or deposited to Ethiopian Electric Utility accounts: EEU-UEAP Account No.:1000154739312, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), Arbegnoch branch, for local currency and EEU-ADELE project Account No.: 0101181300065, National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), Swift code: NBETETAA, Intermediary bank: CITIY BANK/New York Swift code –CITIUS33 for foreign currency. The document will be collected by local representatives from the address given below or will be couriered to the bidder through a courier service pre-arranged and paid for by the bidder.
  5. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before August 15, 2023 Time: 2:00 p.m. Local Time.Late bids will be rejected. Electronic Bidding will not be permitted. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidder’s designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below immediately after the deadline for submission of bids.
  6. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of the following amounts:
Sr. no Description of the Lot The bid security Amount in (USD)
1 Lot-1: EEU-PPMO-OGU/ADELE/ICB-003C Amhara region: (Dejach Meda, Ternisha, Gilbena, Aywan Sarkaysa, Garasge) & Somali Region (Daror) 125,000 (One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand USD)
2 Lot-2: EEU-PPMO-OGU/ADELE/ICB-003C Oromia Region: (Haro), SNNP Region: (Ori, Mala, Medayne, Derba) & Sidama Region (Lalesa) 95,000 (Ninety-Five Thousand USD)
3 Lot-3: EEU-PPMO-OGU/ADELE/ICB-003C Oromia Region: (Digloo, Dh/Mandoyyuu, Gurracha, Golaa Korma, Hara Bonaya, Boke Kora, Habel Kasim) & Somali Region: (Geladi) 105,000 (One Hundred Five Thousand USD)


  1. All Bids must be accompanied by a Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and/or Sexual Harassment (SH) Declaration.
  2. All bids must be accompanied by a Forced Labor Performance Declaration and a Forced Labor Declaration.
  3. Attention is drawn to the Procurement Regulations requiring the Borrower to disclose information on the successful bidder’s beneficial ownership, as part of the Contract Award Notice, using the Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Form as included in the bidding document.
  4. The bidders shall meet for each lot the Minimum average annual turnover requirement of USD 9 Million for the last five years, the financial cash flow requirement of USD 2 million, and specific experience: as a contractor, management contractor, or subcontractor, in the design, construction, and commissioning of at least one (1) contract of PV-Battery systems of min. 300 kWp installed PV capacity and 600 kWh of battery storage within the last five (5) years with a value of contracts at least 5 million USD or design, construction and commissioning of at least two (2) contracts of PV-Battery system of min. 150 kWp installed PV capacity and 300 kWh of battery storage within the last five (5) years each with a value of contracts at least 2.5 million USD successfully and substantially and that are similar to the proposed Plant and Installation Services. Bidder may quote for one or more lots. In order to be awarded for more than one lot, a bidder shall meet the aggregate qualification and evaluation criteria of the lots he is considered for.

The aggregation shall be done by adding the values of the requirements. Aggregation of experience requirements will be done by adding the values of the lots required under each lot. A complete set of the qualification requirements is provided in section III: Evaluation and Qualification Criteria of the Bidding Documents

  1. The address (es) referred to above is (are):

EEU-PPMO procurement logistic warehouse and Facility office

Attention: Mrs. Salma Negash

Ethiopian Electric Utility, PPMO procurement logistic warehouse, and Facility manager

Berges Building near Iri Bekentu Bridge, 3rd floor, Room No. 301 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251 11 126 3154, +251 11 127 5503


Link to original tender notice HERE 

Good luck!

Author: Bryan Groenendaal



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