Despite claims from Ugo Nwagwu, Andrew Fornes, Alex Karpinski, and other team members, there is a lot of competition for Solar Tenders in Uzbekistan and other countries. The claims from Ugo Nwagwu and Andrew Fornes are beyond absurd when they claim that Uzbekistan contacted Jeremy Tan, flew him to Uzbekistan and asked him to build their Solar Farms despite him knowing nothing about renewable energy. See The Tender Claims from SolarStake and Helios Energy in the Does Helios Energy have a Contract with the Uzbekistan Government article.
This article shows that there have been two tenders since the start of 2019, that these tenders took at least six months and had a minimum of 20+ bidders. This proves that the claims from Ugo Nwagu, Jeremy Tan, Furat Al-Murani, Andrew Fornes, Gary Brooks, and other team members including some investors were intended to deceive investors into believing that Helios Energy had been awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.
The role of the Uzbekistan Government representative in Thailand needs to be looked at to see what role they took throughout the SolarStake scam.
The PPP Framework introduced in May 2019 (months before Jeremy Tan flew to Uzbekistan and signed contracts for Solar Farms on the spot) is clear about the process that is followed.
In May 2019, the Government of Uzbekistan adopted PPP law ensures equality before the law of a public partner and a private partner, transparency of rules and procedures in the implementation of public private partnerships, competitiveness and objectivity in the selection of a private partner; nondiscrimination, inadmissibility of corruption.Uzbekistan Solar | February 2020
• For large projects (above USD 10 mln.) the PPP law prescribes the requirement for interested parties to submit Expression of Interest (EOI).
• Only interested parties that have submitted EOI will be invited to the following two-stage tender:
I. First stage (RFQ) – technical and financial qualifications of the applicants are reviewed on this stage. Only applicants who are satisfying the required level of qualification are invited to participate at the
second stage (RFP);
II. Second stage (RFP) – the submitted technical and commercial (financial) proposals are considered and evaluated, taking into account the updated parameters of the tender.
In Uzbekistan there have only been two tenders for Solar in recent years and these are being run in conjunction with the World Bank who have made it clear they have never heard of Helios Energy or Jeremy Tan.
The first was announced in early 2019 and is detailed in the Uzbekistan Solar Tender Procurement Process Article.
This Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy Update on the 16th of March 2020 shows the companies that were awarded Solar contracts and there is no mention of Helios Energy.
TOTAL Eren (France) – construction of a 100 MW solar power station in the Samarkand region
First stage of international tender for construction of a 100 MW solar power plant in the Navoiy region, completed. Attended by global array of companies. Process won by Masdar (UAE)
The second round of Solar Farms was announced on the 20th of February 2020 along with the World Bank who will continue to assist them in the tender process.
The Government of Uzbekistan has initiated a broad energy strategy to increase the share of renewable energy generation with up to 5GW in the next 10 years.
As part of these reforms the Government has engaged the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, as lead transaction advisor to assist them in structuring and tendering of up to 900MW solar PV projects.
The Government of Uzbekistan is hereby seeking one or two private sector developer(s) or consortium/ consortia to separately develop, finance, construct, own and operate two solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power producer (IPP) plants, which will be located in the Samarkand and Jizzakh regions (each, a “Project”). It is currently envisaged that each Project will have a capacity of approximately 200 MWac.
The second Solar Farm project in Uzbekistan had 54 companies participate in the tender, this is a far cry from the claims of Ugo Nwagwu that no other companies were involved in their two tenders as there was no interest.
The invitation to prequalify will be exclusively communicated to the parties listed below:
1. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar)
54. Zorlu Enerji Elektrik Üretim AS