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Jordan - Smart Grid Upgrades to the Electricity Distribution Company (EDCO) Network Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2012-21016A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: May 08, 2012 5:18 pm
POC Anthony O'Tapi, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
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Proposal Submission Place:
Eng. Reem Hamdan
Assistant Director General for Regulation And Planning
Electricity Distribution Company
P.O. Box 830878
Amman 11183
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Phone: +962 6 533 1330
Fax: +962 6 534 1213 

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 (Study) for a smart grid upgrade to an electricity distribution company in Jordan.

This Study is intended to enable EDCO to improve operating efficiency, reduce losses, and cut costs through the use of smart grid technology. The Study is also designed to help EDCO modernize its electrical grid and incorporate advanced technology in order to deliver a more efficient and reliable electrical supply to its customers.

EDCO is one of three electricity networks in Jordan. The other two electricity distribution companies are also pursuing smart grid upgrades with support from USTDA. EDCO is a private company established in 1998, serving approximately 181,000 customers across 53,000 sq. km. EDCO was privatized in 2008 and is now wholly owned by Kingdom Electricity Company, a subsidiary of Dubai Capital.

Historically, residential and commercial customers represented over 95% of EDCO's clients but consumed only 39% of the electricity. Recently, EDCO has experienced extraordinary growth in residential electricity consumption due to increased use of home appliances and a nation-wide electrification effort. The proposed project would provide improvements to electricity distribution by installing a smart meter system, aiming at 100% smart meter penetration within three years. This would increase the reliability and efficiency of EDCO's network and give EDCO greater flexibility in setting consumption-specific tariffs.

The Study will assess the most appropriate technologies and design a smart metering implementation plan for the proposed project. Areas to be directly assessed would include identifying the resources necessary for the system-wide smart metering implementation, including cost implications, availability of funding, and direct and indirect benefits of smart meter installations. As part of the Study, a new tariff structure would be developed that would allow energy savings for consumers and yield benefits for EDCO in the areas of: billing, metering and collection efficiency gains, improved customer service, and reduced energy theft. All available technologies would be reviewed in the context of EDCO's coverage area within Jordan.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $454,500 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The Grantee has agreed to a cash cost share of $50,500, or 10% of the total project cost. The Grantee Cost Share will be dispersed according to the Milestone Payment Schedule.

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 4:00 PM, LOCAL TIME, on JULY 2, 2012, 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