South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the 3rd Bid Submission Date of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) will be delayed by three months from the initially scheduled May 7, 2013 to August 19, 2013.
According to DoE’s Spokeperson Ms Thandiwe Maimane statements regarding the rationale behind the decision, it builds on the lessons learnt from window 1 financial close, “the Department’s need to incorporate lessons from this Window (window 1) into the subsequent windows. Thus, it is necessary important to allocate more time for effective inclusion of the value adding changes.
DoE says the staff working in the REIPPP has received lots of questions from bidders requiring explanations of certain sections of the Request for Proposals (RfP). Thus, it is necessary to update the RfP and incorporate all the amendments made through briefing notes. This new RfP will simplify the process of preparing bids, especialy for first-time bidders.
Moreover, DoE expects ” this short postponement will allow potential bidders the opportunity to consider the updated RFP and ensure that they can address all necessary changes timeously”.
The process of registering for participation in Window 3 will be re-opened closer to the bid submission date to allow for further registration for this window. Bidders will have an opportunity to register new projects for Window 3.
“It is projected that the work involved in achieving the tasks stated above can only be completed around February 2013. The Department of Energy believes that publication of a revised RFP by February 2013, with the 19th August as the Bid Submission date, will give bidders sufficient time to finalise their bids for submission in line with the revised RFP.” finally said Ms Maimane.
Reproduced with permission from CSP World