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South Africa - Feasibility Study for the Ekurhuleni Smart Metering Project

Solicitation Number: 2013-11009A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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2013-11009A
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Added: Apr 19, 2013 3:16 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:
Mr. Mark Wilson
Head of Department: Energy
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
Box Number - Five (5), Sanburn Building
Finance Head Office
68 Woburn Avenue
Benoni, 1501
South Africa
 

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, financial, and other critical aspects of implementing advanced metering infrastructure in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The Feasibility Study would include the development of a smart metering implementation roadmap and the design of a smart metering pilot project.


The Grantee's Energy Department (EED) is responsible for providing electricity distribution services to 393,677 electricity customers (approximately 70 percent of all electricity customers) within the Ekurhuleni metropolitan area. Since 2000, EED has undertaken significant efforts to improve its operational efficiency and to refurbish, modernize, and extend its electricity distribution infrastructure. This Feasibility Study would evaluate the technical, financial, environmental and other critical aspects of implementing advanced metering infrastructure in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The Feasibility Study would include the development of a smart metering implementation roadmap and the design of a smart metering pilot project.


The primary objective of the Study is to provide the Grantee with analyses and recommendations that will support its decision-making with regard to the implementation of advanced metering infrastructure. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US $695,000 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:


https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp


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 10:00 a.m., May 20, 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.


If approved, the FS would include an analysis of EED's existing electricity distribution system, an assessment of EED's performance in key areas, an evaluation of the technical, financial and regulatory feasibility of implementing advanced metering infrastructure in Ekurhuleni, the preparation of a smart metering implementation roadmap, and the preparation of a smart metering pilot project.

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1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
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Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357