The Ministry of Energy in Kenya has issued a tender document inviting eligible candidates to submit bids for the construction, testing, and commissioning of 10m3 domestic masonry biogas plants using cow dung as the feedstock. These biogas plants will be built in 20 counties, including Nyamira, Kisii, Uasin Gishu, Laikipia, Homabay, Kakamega, Tharaka Nithi, Narok, and Nandi, among others, in 14 lots.

According to the tender document seen by Capital Business, the biogas plants will be constructed with the intention of preventing water and gas leakages by plastering both the interior and exterior. Additionally, an inspection hole of not more than 150mm diameter will be provided in the slab covering the dip end of the expansion chamber. Furthermore, the mixing chamber will have a trap for sediments such as stones, and the exposed part of the gas pipe will be protected from damage from animals and passers-by.

To be considered for the bid, eligible bidders will be required to deposit a tender security of Sh100,000. The completed tenders must be delivered to the Ministry on or before 24th May, 2023, at 10.00 A.M. The tender process is strictly physical, and electronic tenders will not be allowed. The tenders will be opened immediately after the deadline date and time specified above, or any deadline date and time specified later.

This initiative by the Ministry of Energy is aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy and reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. By utilizing cow dung as the feedstock for the biogas plants, the Ministry is promoting sustainable and eco-friendly energy production that also provides a solution to the issue of cow dung waste management. The tender provides a great opportunity for eligible candidates to participate in a government initiative that will not only benefit the country but also promote sustainable energy practices.