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Nigeria - Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Infrastructure Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2012-11031A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Nov 16, 2012 5:12 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:
Gboyega Akintobi
Oando Gas & Power Limited
Tender Committee
9th Floor
No. 2 Ajose Adeogun Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Phone No: +234 (1) 270 2400 Ext. 6446

Oando Gas & Power Limited (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 evaluate the technical feasibility and economic viability of deploying compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations around Lagos State (the "Project") in Nigeria. The feasibility study will consider the requirements and the viability of utilizing existing fuel retail outlets and constructing new CNG stations to strategically provide adequate spread and access across the state. The study will assess the requirements and develop plans for CNG infrastructure (i.e. gas supply sources, mother stations, transportation) and refueling stations (i.e. locations, gas supply, construction issues); identify and analyze policy and regulatory issues; perform an assessment of the demand for CNG from industry, electric power producers, vehicle, and other markets; and assess the economic and financial viability of the Project.

The Project will develop the CNG infrastructure off of Nigeria's growing pipeline network. It is anticipated that the first phase of the Project will rollout approximately ten to fifteen CNG daughter stations within the Lagos metropolitan region, which will be supplied with CNG by the mother station which is currently under construction by the Grantee. The second phase of the Project will likely implement an additional mother station with its own respective daughter stations in order to provide an adequate spread of refueling locations and access to CNG across Lagos State. In addition to the mother-daughter stations, it is estimated that at least ten CNG retrofit and CNG vehicle maintenance and repair facilities will need to be established throughout the state. The establishment of this CNG infrastructure will facilitate the development of multiple industries, likely including small scale captive electric power generation and industrial processing using CNG as feedstock or fuel.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $494,000 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 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 5:00 PM, Local (LAGOS) Time, January 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
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357