REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Biogas Energy System for Onesua Presbyterian College

In Vanuatu, rural households have limited access to modern cooking fuels and technologies. The reliance on biomass (fuelwood or firewood) for household thermal energy needs is raised in the 2007 National Agriculture Census, which reports that out of the 33,879 households surveyed, 95% (32,096) of these households were gathering fuel wood every day for domestic use as well selling it in markets.

Through the updated National Energy Roadmap (NERM), the Government of Vanuatu wants to reinforce that modern-cooking fuels and technologies (including biogas generation at household and institutional scale) are an important form of energy use in Vanuatu, and an area where improvements are possible.
Agriculture is a significant part of Vanuatu’s economy. Subsistence agriculture is the dominant source of livelihood for 80% of the country, whom live in rural areas. Although Vanuatu has good resources and ideal climatic conditions for generation of biogas, the technology has not really taken off in the country.

In light of the above, the Department of Energy (DoE) conducted a feasibility study to determine the availability of biomass resource at Onesua Presbyterian College. The college has been chosen as a pilot site for a biogas system, and the feasibility study calculated the biogas potential at the school and provided DoE with technical system design to help DoE construct a biogas system at the school.

The biogas system will be constructed with project funding under the EU-GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) project. This is the first major biogas installation in Vanuatu, and it will provide DoE with invaluable experience to help realise the potential of this resource. Hence, this document invites suitable contractors to submit their proposal to manufacture and assemble the biogas digester, install it on site, pilot the plant and facilitate training to beneficiaries.

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