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Ghana - ECG Smart Grid Applications

Solicitation Number: 2013-11002A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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2013-11002A
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Added: Mar 07, 2013 2:08 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:

Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG)
Attn: Mr. Kwame Kpekpena
Director of Engineering
Electro-Volta House
P.O. Box GP 521
Accra, Ghana
Telephone: (+233) 302 676719
Fax: (+233) 302 676718


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") to evaluate the technical, financial, environmental, and other critical aspects of a proposed Smart Grid Applications project ("Project") in Ghana ("Host Country"). The Study will make recommendations for a system that would assist the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited's (ECG) business process planning and decision making. In addition, the Study will include training that will build the capacity of ECG's staff to implement the Study's recommendations, and will supply ECG with an assessment of its training needs and a blueprint for a follow-on training plan.


ECG is responsible for electricity distribution in southern Ghana, where it currently serves approximately 2.5 million customers. ECG is growing rapidly to facilitate demand and is targeting investments focusing on improving the quality of its network. As such, ECG has prioritized the implementation of projects which will help reduce its losses, lead to almost complete automation in ECG's distribution management, and reengineer its business processes through the use of smart grid and smart meter technologies. In order to help ECG meet its goals and ensure its success as a modern distribution utility, USTDA assistance will support ECG to develop the planning and technical design aspects of a high-level distribution systems integration strategy. The Study will make recommendations for a system that will address ECG's business process planning and decision-making. In addition, the Study will include training that will build the capacity of ECG's staff to implement the Study's recommendations, and will supply ECG with an assessment of its training needs and a blueprint for a follow-on training plan.


The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $646,000 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 an Original and eight (8) copies of their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 5:00 PM local (Accra) time, April 26, 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.

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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