Total Eren, a subsidiary of the French oil and gas giant, TotalEnergies, has been awarded a contract by the government of Mozambique to finance and develop a 40 MW solar energy plant in the Dondo district, in the central province of Sofala.
Total Eren was awarded the Dondo solar power project after undergoing a pre-qualification tender process. According to Mozambique’s Energy Regulating Authority (AREN); “Total Eren presented the best technical and financial proposals.”
The prequalification process included five potential bidders, where one of the bidders subsequently dropped out of the process. Of the four bids submitted, only two delivered viable technical proposals of which Total Eren’ scored the most points and was successful.
The Dondo solar plant which will be located some 30 kilometres from the Port City of Beira is part of the Mozambican government’s goal to have 200 megawatts of electricity come from renewable energy sources (excluding hydro) by 2024.
In addition to the Dondo solar, the government of Mozambique plans to launch tenders for two other solar projects in Lichinga, North of Niassa province, and another one in the town of Manje, Central Tete province.
As part of its renewable energy objectives, the Mozambican authorities are also planning to launch a tender for the country’s first wind energy farm in Jangamo, Inhambane province, south of the country.
Total Eren’s solar project in Mozambique adds to TotalEnergies’ investments in Mozambique. The French multinational oil and gas giant is heavily investing in the country’s energy sector with its largest investment being the US$20 billion LNG project it invested in 2019.