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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DoE issues new RFPs for solar park study

The Department of Energy (DoE) has reissued three requests for proposals (RFPs) to source a team of consultants for the feasibility study of the planned 5 000 MW solar park in the Northern Cape.

The RFPs were for appointment of a feasibility study consultant, an environmental assessment practitioner and a geotechnical engineering consultant, after moving the proposed project to the SiyaThemba region, from Upington.

The feasibility study, which was given the nod after a positive prefeasibility study was completed in 2010, aimed to examine the viability of the R150-billion solar park.

Central Energy Fund, which was appointed by the DoE to lead the solar park study, signed a memorandum of understanding with the SiyaThemba local municipality, which incorporates the towns of Prieska, Marydale and Niekerkshoop, allowing the firm to reissue the tenders to source the consultants.

Tenders for the appointment of a feasibility study consultant would close on November 16, while the tenders for the appointment of an environmental assessment practitioner and a geotechnical engineering consultant would close on November 12.

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