General Procurement Notice Malawi - Electricity Access Project
The Project Will Comprise The Following Components:
Component 1: Grid Electrification
This Component Shall Be Implemented By Escom And Shall Comprise The Following Scope
Subcomponent 1.1: Grid Densification/Extension. This Component Will Finance Cost-Effective, Priority Investments In Grid Electrification By Providing Electricity Supply To Households Living In Close Proximity To An Existing Distribution Infrastructure, In Urban And Peri-Urban Areas, Leveraging On The Geospatial Analysis To Maximize The Number Of Connections Under The Financing. Specifically, The Component Will Finance Lv Extensions, Service Drops, And Prepayment Metering; Which Includes Supply And Delivery Of Wood Poles, Cables And Conductors, Transformers, Ready Boards And Single Phase Prepaid Meters; And Distribution Lines Construction And Installation Works.
Subcomponent 1.2: Demand-Side Management. This Project Will Also Support Efforts In Introducing Energy-Efficient Appliances, And Include The Distribution Of Free Energy-Efficient Light Emitting Diode (Led) Bulbs To Enhance The Affordability And Reduce Household Electricity Consumption.
Component 2: Off-Grid Market Development Fund
The Component Will Be Implemented By The Ministry Of Natural Resources, Energy And Mining (Monrem) And Shall Address The Financing Gap Challenges Faced By Solar Companies Operating In Malawi As A Way Of Scaling Up The Off-Grid Market Through Off-Grid Solar (Ogs) Companies And Mini-Grid Developers.
This Component Will Set Up A Financing Facility Managed By A Qualified Fund Manager That Will Provide Access To Loans And Grants To Eligible Enterprises Offering Quality Assured Solar Off-Grid Systems. The Services Of Such A Qualified Fund Manager Will Thus Be Sought Under This Component.
Qualifying Solar Companies Will Subsequently Use The Available Funds To Finance Stock, Develop Business Models And Build Required Distribution Channels To Reach Consumers In The Off-Grid Locations.
Component 3: Technical Assistance (Ta) And Capacity Building
This Component Will Finance Various Ta And Capacity-Building Activities Related To Institutional Culture And Performance To Ensure That Escom, Monrem, And Other Sector Stakeholders Have Adequate Technical, Planning, And Operational Capacity To Implement The Electrification Rollout Activities And Effectively Undertake Activities Under Components 1 And 2 Of The Project. This Will Entail Two Subcomponents.
Subcomponent 3.1: Technical Assistance To Escom
This Will Mainly Finance Activities To Support Escom To Effectively Implement Component 1, Including Support For Detailed Project Design, Planning, And Supervisory Oversight. More Specifically, The Subcomponent Will Finance (A) Training Of Private Sector Contractors For The Implementation Of A Scaled-Up On-Grid Connections Program; (B) Training On Geographic Information System (Gis) Platform For Network Reticulation Planning And Design; (C) Upgrading Of The System-Wide Mv Feeder-Specific Master Plan Through 2030, Including Affordable New Connections Fee Policy; Among Other Capacity Building And Implementation Support Activities.
Subcomponent 3.2: Technical Assistance To Ministry Of Natural Resources, Energy And Mining (Monrem).
This Subcomponent Will Support (A) Capacity Strengthening Of The Piu In The Department Of Energy Affairs In Monrem Tasked With Oversight And Implementation Of Activities Under Component 2; (B) Mini-Grid Development - Technical Studies For Up To 10 Mini-Grid Locations And Transaction Advisory To Design A Tender Process; (C) Fund Management Fee Under Component 2; (D) Ta For Off-Grid Market Development Like Targeted Government Policy And Regulation, Quality Assurance, And Gender-Informed Consumer Awareness And Ta For Financial Institutions; (E) Institutional Design Of A Semiautonomous Rural Electrification Agency And Fund Including Repositioning MarepS Role Going Forward With Focus On Mini Grids; And (F) Sector Studies And Training.
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