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Nigeria - Main One Cable Company Fiber Optic Expansion

Solicitation Number: 2013-11020A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Sep 30, 2013 2:43 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:
Ms. Funke Opeke
Chief Executive Officer
Main One Cable Company
FABAC Center
3B, Ligali Ayorinde Street
Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria

*Proposals shall be clearly marked "Project South-South"

The Grantee ("Main One") 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")to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of expanding Main One Cable Company Nigeria's fiber optic network from Lagos to Port Harcourt ("Project") in Nigeria ("Host Country").

In March 2012, Main One announced its intention to extend its submarine cable facility to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Project involves extending approximately 300 miles of Main One's undersea fiber optic cabling and supporting infrastructure between two of Nigeria's most important commercial centers, Lagos and Port Harcourt. The Project will also involve the development of terrestrial fiber optic infrastructure in Port Harcourt, the center of the country's oil and gas industry. This FS will place a particular emphasis on issues surrounding the construction of the network, the maintenance of the infrastructure, the market demand for this infrastructure in Port Harcourt, and the assessment of other potential areas of risk. The FS will also contain thorough assessments of the legal and regulatory risks and the risk from other marine activities, and provide recommendations for the route and techniques required for successfully laying the cable. The FS will include a detailed demand assessment for the Project, incorporating a survey of all potential consumers in the Port Harcourt area. The FS will also determine the market share to be acquired under the Project and assess the possibility of current or future fiber optic alternatives.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $550,000 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 5:00 P.M. local (Lagos) time, November 01, 2013 at the above address. Proposals shall be clearly marked "Project South-South". 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