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Solomon Islands Electricity Authority T/A Solomon Power aims to provide a safe, reliable, affordable and accessible supply of electricity to the Solomon Islands. Our vision is about energising our Nation. We are working with our stakeholders towards Nation building through increasing the footprint of the electricity network and making electricity accessible and affordable to more people in the Solomon Islands.

 

Online Tender Publisher Link: https://www.tenderlink.com/solomonpower/


Request for Bids Plant
Design, Supply and Installation

 

Employer: Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (Solomon Power)
Project: Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project
Contract title: Design, Supply and installation for 2x Solar Power Plant and Supply of Distribution Network Materials
Country: Solomon Islands
Credit No.: IDA-D3270
RFB No: SB-SP-119333-CW-RFB
Issued on: 16 September 2019

  1. The Ministry of Finance & Treasury has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the Contract for Design, Supply and installation for 2x Solar Power Plant and Supply of Distribution Network Materials. For this contract, the Borrower shall process the payments using the Direct Payment disbursement method, as defined in the World Bank's Disbursement Guidelines for Investment Project Financing, and the "Additional Instructions: Disbursement" for this project, except for those payments which the contract provides to be made through letter of credit.
  2. The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (Solomon Power) now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the Design, Supply and installation for 2x Solar Power Plant and Supply of Distribution Network Materials at:

i. Visale, West Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands and;

ii. Tingoa, West Rennell, Rennell and Bellona Province, Solomon Islands.

The turnkey process up to the plant operational acceptance will be one year (12 months). The plants will be PV/battery/diesel hybrid generation power plants. The successful Bidder will thereafter be required to provide operation and maintenance support to Solomon Power for a period of 12 months. The scope of the bid also includes the supply of distribution equipment only but the responsibility for its installation is with Solomon Power. Only eligible Bidders with key qualifications given below should participate in this bidding process.

  • net worth in the last financial year should be positive.
  • minimum average annual turnover of US$2,400,000.00 within the last 3 years.
  • Cash flow requirements of US$300,000.00.
  • participation as contractor, joint venture member, management contractor, or subcontractor, in at least two (2) similar contracts within the last three (3) years, with a combined value of at least One Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$1.5M), that have been successfully and substantially completed.

  1. Bidding will be conducted through international competitive procurement using a Request for Bids (RFB) as specified in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Regulations.
  2. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from Solomon Power, General Manager Capital Works at Hemant.Kumar@solomonpower.com.sb and CW.Procurement@solomonpower.com.sb. The bidding documents in English language may be obtained by interested eligible Bidders upon registering at the Tenderlink URL as follows: https://www.tenderlink.com/solomonpower/. The Invitation for Bids (IFB) is also available at the Solomon Power and Pacific Power Association websites.
  3. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 10.00am (Honiara time) on 31 October 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late Bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidders' designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below at 10.15am (Honiara time) on 31 October 2019.
  4. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid-Securing Declaration.
  5. 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.
  6. The address referred to above is:

Solomon Power
Mr. Hemant Kumar, General Manager Capital Works
1st Floor, Solomon Power, Ranadi Head Office
City: Honiara
Telephone number: +677 38801 or +677 7496783
Fax number: +677 39472
E-mail address:  hemant.Kumar@solomonpower.com.sb & cw.procurement@solomonpower.com.sb
Web Page:  www.solomonpower.com.sb


Request for Bids Plant
Design, Supply and Installation

 

Employer: Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (Solomon Power)
Project: Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project
Contract title: Design, Supply, installation and commissioning of a Solar Power Plant (SP Roof)
Country: Solomon Islands
Credit No.: IDA-D3270
RFB No: SB-SP-97732-CW-RFB-2
Issued on: 09 September 2019

  1. The Ministry of Finance & Treasury has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the Contract for Design, Supply, installation and commissioning of a Solar Power Plant (SP Roof). For this contract, the Borrower shall process the payments using the Direct Payment disbursement method, as defined in the World Bank's Disbursement Guidelines for Investment Project Financing, and the "Additional Instructions: Disbursement" for this project, except for those payments which the contract provides to be made through letter of credit.
  2. The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (Solomon Power) now invites sealed Bids from eligible Bidders for the Design, Supply, installation and commissioning of a Solar Power Plant (SP Roof), at the head office in Ranadi, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The turnkey process up to the plant operational acceptance will be six (6) months. The solar power plant will be grid connected inverter based generation, connected in to the existing switchboard of the head office. The successful Bidder will thereafter be required to provide operation and maintenance support to Solomon Power for a period of 12 month Only eligible Bidders with key qualifications given below should participate in this bidding process.

  • net worth in the last financial year should be positive.
  • minimum average annual turnover of US$500,000.00 within the last 3 years.
  • Cash flow requirements of US$200,000.00.
  • participation as contractor, joint venture member, management contractor, or subcontractor, in at least two (2) similar contracts within the last three (3) years, with a combined value of at least Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$0.5M), that have been successfully and substantially completed.

  1. Bidding will be conducted through international competitive procurement using a Request for Bids (RFB) as specified in the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), and is open to all eligible Bidders as defined in the Procurement Regulation
  2. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from Solomon Power, General Manager Capital Works at CW.Procurement@solomonpower.com.s The bidding documents in English language may be obtained by interested eligible Bidders upon registering at the Tenderlink URL as follows: https://www.tenderlink.com/solomonpower/. The Invitation for Bids (IFB) is also available at the website of Solomon Power and Pacific Power Association.
  3. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 00am (Honiara time) on 24 October 2019. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late Bids will be rejected. Bids will be publicly opened in the presence of the Bidders’ designated representatives and anyone who chooses to attend at the address below at 10.15am (Honiara time) on 24 October 2019.
  4. All Bids must be accompanied by a Bid-Securing Declaration.
  5. 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.
  6. The address referred to above is:

Solomon Power
Mr. Hemant Kumar, General Manager Capital Works
1st Floor, Solomon Power, Ranadi Head Office
City: Honiara
Telephone number: +677 38801 or +677 7496783
Fax number: +677 39472
E-mail address:  CW.Procurement@solomonpower.com.sb
Web Page:  www.solomonpower.com.sb


REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES - FIRMS SELECTION)

 

Country: Solomon Islands
Project ID: P162902
Project Name: Solomon Islands Electricity Access and Renewable Energy
Expansion Project (SIEAREEP)

IDA Grant No.: IDA-D3270

Assignment Title: Cost of Service and Tariff Review
Reference No.: SP-C4-8

1. Background and sector context:

The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) trading as Solomon Power (SP) is a vertically integrated state owned enterprise that owns, maintains and operates the national electricity grid in the Solomon Islands. SIEA is currently experiencing an exciting time of capital infrastructure development, network expansion and transformational change, undertaking SBD $1bn capital works program to building an electricity network model that allows it to better service its customers, improve affordability and accessibility and hence future proof the network.

The Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) has received funds from the World Bank under the Solomon Islands Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project (SIEAREEP). SIEA proposes to utilize part of funds in component 4 of SIEAREEP towards this proposed Consulting Services for the cost of the Cost of Service and Tariff Review.SIEA is focused on Nation building. We are working with our stakeholders to increase the footprint of the electricity network and make electricity accessible and affordable to more people in Solomon Islands. Currently 17% of Solomon Islanders and 65% of denizens of Honiara have access to electricity. We are targeting to increase this to 25% and 75% respectively by 2021.SIEA has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase electricity access to more Solomon Islanders in not just Honiara and other urban centres, but also at other outer islands and rural locations, and to improve affordability.

The four challenges for SIEA are the following:

- Increasing affordability

- Increasing accessibility

- Deliver a SBD 1 billion capital infrastructure program

- Human Development and Sustenance

The majority of SIEA’s assets are located in Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal, the capital of the Solomon Islands. Its 33/11/0.4kV, 11/0.4kV and 0.4kV electricity networks are largely concentrated in twelve (12) town centers serving the main urban/industrial areas on eight of the nine provinces.  They include Guadalcanal Province (Honiara) as noted above, Western Province (Noro, Munda, Seghe and Gizo), Malaita Province (Auki and Malu’u), Central Province (Tulagi), Makira Province (Kirakira), Temotu Province (Lata), Isabel Province (Buala) and Choiseul Province (Taro).

2. Cost of Service and Tariff Review in 2014-2016

A cost of service and tariff review was conducted during 2014-2016 by an independent consulting firm under funding from the World Bank. An outcome of this study and review was the Electricity Tariff (Base Tariff and Tariff Adjustments) Regulations 2016 which was gazetted by the Solomon Islands Government on 13 December 2016. This tariff repealed the then Electricity (Tariff) (Automatic Base Tariff and Fuel Price Adjustment) Regulation 2005.

3. Objective of the study and deliverables for this assignment

The objective of this study is to review the Non-Fuel Base Tariff of the Electricity Tariff (Base Tariff and Tariff Adjustments) Regulations 2016 which includes the review of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital, the re-calculation of the Regulated Asset Base, the Capital Recovery Factor, Depreciation, and the Non-fuel operating cost of SIEA as stated in Parts 2 and 3 of the gazette to establish the revised non-fuel base tariff. This study also includes review and revision of parameters A and B as defined in Part 6 of the gazette.

In addition to this, the scope also includes review of the existing monthly consumption ranges in the existing Tariff and if prudent/justifiable include a lifeline tariff taking into consideration Community Service Obligations (CSOs) and subsidies likely to be provided by the Solomon Islands Government (SIG).

The broader purpose where this exercise fits is to determine SIEA’s full costs of providing electricity for various categories of customers, at different points in the supply chain (i.e. generation, transmission, distribution, retail) and across different geographical areas (e.g. by province, by urban or rural, etc). SIEA’s full cost of service includes its efficient operating costs plus an appropriate return on the assets necessary to produce, deliver and sell electricity to its customers and meet growing demand through prudent investment. The scope of this exercise does not include review of the Fuel Charge as in paragraph 12 of Part 4 of the gazette.

The purpose of this exercise is to re-establish the Non-Fuel Revenue Requirement as defined on page 259, Part 3, 4 (1) of the gazette.

The objective is to assess SIEA’s costs of service, revenue requirements, and tariffs over a 5-year time horizon (2021-2025), taking into consideration the following:

Diesel generation, Renewable Generation and Network capacity expansion.

(1) The SIEA develops a mixed thermal-hydro-solar- battery system with:

1. Generation fueled with diesel fuel;

2. Hydropower (Tina River Hydro) to be commissioned in 2024– under an existing Power Purchase Agreement;

3. Grid Connected Solar PV at Henderson, Tanagai, Ranadi roof top, Green Village and at other locations in Honiara either funded by SP, or through joint funding with donors and also through IPPs;

4. Mini-Hybrid generation systems (solar, battery storage and diesel back-up); and

5. Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESSs) in Honiara

(2) Increase the footprint of electricity by building new Outstations in the Provinces with Solar Hybrid (solar, battery storage and diesel back-up) and distribution self-sustained grids

(3) Increase the footprint of electricity by carrying out 11 kV and 415 V network extensions in Honiara and at the Outstations

(4) Infrastructure development for the transfer of energy from the Tina River Hydropower site to Lungga Power Station

Deliverables will include inception, draft, interim and final reports assessing the SIEA’s cost of service, conduct workshops, consultations in country, draft amended tariff regulations, training, final models and model documentation.

4. Duration

The Consultancy assignment may run for a period of 7 months (both in and out of country) or as agreed upon and is proposed to start in February 2020.

5. Competence and Qualification

The SIEA now invites eligible consulting firms or Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The Consultant’s team must be familiar with international best practices in power utility management, economic regulation, power system operation and planning, and electricity tariff design and implementation. The Consultant must have extensive international experience in: a) Cost of Service and Tariff Studies, with expertise in economic, financial, policy and regulatory issues; b) Electricity tariffs and associated costing, financial/economic analysis and corporate/strategic planning.

The following key positions are an indication only and it is the final responsibility of the Firm to propose a team highly qualified and suited to achieve the objectives of this consultancy: Regulatory Expert (RE); Regulatory Lawyer (RL); Pricing Advisor (PA); and Financial Advisor (FA). The consultants must not be concurrently engaged, either at the commencement of the assignment or for 12 months after the expiry of the assignment, in advising any other person on any aspect of the energy sector in Solomon Islands.

6. Selection

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 [Revised November 2017 and August 2018] (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the CQS method set out in the Procurement Regulations.The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment and the gazette of the Electricity Tariff (Base Tariff and Tariff Adjustments) Regulations 2016 are both attached to this EOI.

7. Application and Submission

Interested eligible firm or consultant can obtain further information at the address below during office hours 8 am to 4:30 pm on business days, Monday to Friday.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 3 October 2019

SIEA Head Office
Attention: Pradip Verma, Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 6, Ranadi, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Telephone: +677 42480
Mobile: +677 7494521
Fax: +677 39472
E-mail: pradip.verma@solomonpower.com.sb