A request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the South African government is seeking bids for the design, development and implementation of  programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”. This includes energy procured from sources including cogeneration plants, according to references to a late 2012 determination by the Energy Minister which outlined South Africa’s intention to procure electricity generated from a variety of sources both domestically and within the region.

The RFP advertisement also reportedly calls for specialists with the capability to design a framework for the procurement of demand-side management programmes.

Under the Medium-Term Risk Mitigation (MTRM) plan government is seeking to procure 800 MW of cogeneration capacity, which could arise from biomass, industrial waste and other sources. It also aims to secure 474 MW from natural gas projects.

The tender, which closes on 20 January is reportedly for ‘Transaction Advisors, Programme Management, Project Managers/Officers and Specialist Advisors’.