Building of floating solar energy plant in Seychelles delayed due to COVID -19

Jul 3, 2020 06:24 PM ET
  • The building of a floating solar energy plant in Seychelles will be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on the shallows at Le Rocher, in the central Mahe area of Les Mamelles; the utility-scale floating solar PV system will certainly be the first in Africa
Building of floating solar energy plant in Seychelles delayed due to COVID -19

According to the chief executive of the Seychelles Energy Commission, Tony Imaduwa, building was because of begin this year but as a result of the COVID-19 circumstance issuance of the notice of designated award was delayed as the selected prospective buyer will not be able to meet all the problems set.

The tender for the project

Part of the tender's conditions needed the prospective buyer to be in the nation to settle the technological style of the plant but this has actually not accompanied the constraint on traveling to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

"Now that the notice of designated honor has been provided, the effective prospective buyer Quadran will certainly have around five months to fulfill the problems set before building and construction can begin," he claimed. "It is an important stage of the process. Perhaps there will certainly be some price effects but the project is based upon an Independent Power Producer (IPP) model where the IPP will certainly have to finance, design, construct and also operate the plant and also offer electrical energy at a fixed rate over an amount of time," he included.

The project is Seychelles' initial independent power producer implying the private sector will be responsible for making, funding, building, and also operating the power plant, marketing power to the nationwide grid at an established rate for 25 years.

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