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Chile - Puerto Natales 5 MW Biomass Energy Plant Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2013-51024A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Aug 27, 2013 9:52 am
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:
Joaquín Perea Muñoz
Gerente General
Monte Alto Forestal S.A.
Ruta 9 Norte, Kilometro 9.5
Barranco Amarillo
Punta Arenas
Phone: +56 61 211 108

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 to assist Monte Alto Forestal S.A. (MAFSA) in assessing the technical, economic, financial and environmental feasibility of a biomass plant expected to use biomass resources from MAFSA's forestry operations.

This feasibility study grant supports the development of a 5 MW biomass energy plant in Puerto Natales, Chile. The technology options to be assessed are combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass gasification. The Project will either result in the construction of a biomass combined health and power (CHP) plant or a biomass gasification plant. Regardless of the generation, the Project could sell extra wood chips to customers with boilers in the Puerto Natales area.

As part of the feasibility study, a technical assessment will be conducted of the biomass fuel, logistics for harvesting the fuel, and options to identify the best technology for converting the biomass resource to electricity (as well as heat/syngas). Economic feasibility will be determined by assessing the demand for electricity, heat, syngas and methanized gas as well as the infrastructure for delivering these commodities. The preliminary environmental and social impact analysis will provide the basis for MAFSA to have an environmental impact assessment prepared for the environmental authority and prospective lenders.

MAFSA, the Grantee, is a Chilean forest management company which owns the hardwood forest that produces the biomass resource. MAFSA manages approximately 59,000 hectares of forest and conservation land, the majority of which is under direct ownership and the remainder under option to purchase. The land is comprised of lenga trees, deciduous trees that reach an average of 30 meters in height and are known for rapid regeneration following forest fires. MAFSA estimates it can provide 146,000 cubic meters of suitable biomass per year or up to 50,000 bone dry metric tons of biomass material.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $484,000 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 edited 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 directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM, October 11, 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