Government of Seychelles has been developing and procuring a ~ 4MW marine floating PV power plant to be located in Lagoon le Rocher in Providence, Seychelles. The project will be Seychelles’ first Independent Power Producer, as well as the first utility-scale, private-sector funded floating solar project in Africa. While FPV has been deployed at scale globally, the marine application of the technology has so far been limited to small pilot projects, and has yet to be implemented at scale in ocean waters. Marine FPV technology holds immense potential for island nations and other land-constrained economies, and implementation of the project will advance the Seychelles’ sustainable energy goals and transition to renewable energy. The RFP for the project was launched to a prequalified set of bidders in May 2019, and the project will likely be awarded by the end of 2019 with construction beginning in early 2020. The project is being implemented by the Government of Seychelles and the Public Utilities Corporation with the support of the Clinton Foundation and the African Legal Support Facility, with Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS serving as the transaction and tender advisers. The panel will draw on the diverse expertise from these implementing entities and advisers, and cover a range of technical, legal, and procurement topics related to this landmark marine FPV project.
Senior Regional Manager for the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program
Prior to joining the ALSF, Mr. Ndahumba was a financial services lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a top-tier Canadian law firm, where he worked on project finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. During his time at McCarthy, he advised several leading wind energy developers as the Canadian electricity market began to diversify its energy sources.
Gadi Taj Ndahumba
Head of the Power Sector Division at the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)
Principal Officer for Renewable Energy and Energy Management Unit at the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC)
Member of Multiconsult’s Solar and Smart Energy Advisory Team
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