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Ghana - Aboadze-Domunli-Prestea Transmission Line

Solicitation Number: 2013-11007A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: May 16, 2013 4:13 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Charles A. Darku
Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Grid Company Limited
P.O. Box CS7979
Tema, Ghana
Phone: +233 030 331 0310
Fax: +233 030 330 3327

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study ("FS") for the proposed 330 kV Aboadze-Domunli-Prestea Transmission line ("Project") for GRIDCO in Ghana ("Host Country"). The project will strengthen the backbone transmission capacity of Ghana's power grid and increase the throughput capacity substantially.

In Ghana, increases in electricity demand are outpacing increases in supply. The most current load forecast for Ghana points to a projected annual demand growth between 6.1% and 6.4% from 2011 - 2021, which poses a major challenge for Ghana in terms of the need for upgrades to generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure. The Government of Ghana (GoG) intends to increase its supply of power in order to meet these demands. Specifically, one of the most important plans for additional capacity includes the development of a power park at the Domunli site, starting with 450-900 MW in new power projects that are now nearing financial close.

In order to evacuate power from Domunli, as well as from Aboadze's 550 MW thermal plant and hydropower sites in the Central and Northern part of the country, the Grantee has developed a 10-year transmission network expansion plan which includes the proposed Project. Ghana has an extensive electricity transmission system, which covers all regions of the country. Transmission infrastructure has, however, deteriorated over the years, resulting in transmission bottlenecks, overloaded transformer sub stations, and high system losses.

This FS would make recommendations to expand and strengthen Ghana's electricity transmission network with a new 330 kV power transmission line between Aboadze, Domunli and Prestea, creating nearly 150 miles of new transmission linkages in southwestern Ghana. The FS would also provide the Grantee with a grid reliability assessment based on international benchmarks. Along the proposed new transmission network, the Grantee requires the expansion of two existing substations and one new substation at Domunli, as well as investment in new infrastructure to connect to the distribution network.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $655,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission/desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 5:00PM, July 2, 2013 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357