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Kazkahstan - Rail Signaling and Train Control Systems Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2010-81027A-2
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Sep 06, 2013 5:20 pm
POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Asan Dosaev
Managing Director and Chief Engineer
National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy"
#6 Konaev Street
010000 Astana
Republic Of Kazakhstan

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 for:

1. Evaluate the current status of KTZ's Rail signaling and train control systems;
2. Evaluate current technologies to determine the best fit for KTZ's current and future train control and rail signaling plans;
3. Develop technical specifications for updating KTZ's equipment on a system wide or rail corridor by corridor basis;
4. Develop cost estimates of the above recommended systems.

National Company ‘Kazakhstan Temir Zholy' "Kazakhstan Railways" is engaged in an aggressive plan of railway development. A primary objective of this plan is to improve capacity on major corridors throughout the country, in particular to support domestic export and transit freight traffic growth taking advantage of KTZ's strategic "crossroads" position in Central Asia. In parallel, significant investment is underway and planned to improve and increase railway passenger service as demand for service presently outstrips supply and service quality requires improvement. KTZ anticipates most major lines in the country will continue to carry mixed passenger and freight traffic and they intend to bring peak speeds on main corridors from a present 140 kilometers per hour on main lines up to 160 and ultimately to 200 kilometers per hour. From a control, safety and capacity perspective these goals will be a technical challenge to achieve. Presently the major railway corridors in Kazakhstan are controlled using legacy Soviet Union-era electric automated block signal systems. These systems are outdated, costly to maintain and KTZ has assessed that they will be inefficient to support the capacity needs in accordance with projected future traffic levels and characteristics. The feasibility study will assess rail signaling and train control systems upgrades for three rail corridors on KTZ's railway network that are representative of the entire network.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $655,188 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Please note that this project did post a request for proposals in June 2011. However, no selection was made, and all bidders who submitted proposals then are encouraged to submit proposals again.

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission 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 and Russian directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM local time, October 15, 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
Jennifer Van Renterghem
Phone: 703-875-4357