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Jordan - Smart Grid Upgrades to the Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO) Network Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2012-21017A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Jun 29, 2012 4:26 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi
Project Information Specialist
Contract Support for USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
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Proposal Submission Place:
Eng. Ahmad Thainat
Director General
Irbid District Electricity Company Ltd.
P.O. Box 46
Irbid 21110
Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan
Phone: +962 79 518 1301
Fax: +962 2 720 1569

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.

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

IDECO is one of three electricity networks in Jordan. The other two electricity distribution companies are also pursuing smart grid upgrades with support from USTDA. IDECO is a private company established in 1957, serving approximately 340,000 customers across 23,000 square kilometers. IDECO was privatized in 2007 and is now majority owned by Electricity Distribution Company (EDCO), which is in turn wholly owned by Kingdom Electricity Company, a subsidiary of Dubai Capital.

IDECO operates in the rural, sparsely populated northwest region of the country, and the primary consumers of the electricity they distribute are residential customers and water pumping facilities. Residential and commercial customers represent over 90% of IDECO's clients but consume only 60% of the electricity. Recently IDECO has experienced an extraordinary growth in electricity sales to residential consumers due to the increased use in home appliances and a national rural electrification project. The proposed project would allow IDECO more flexibility in setting tariffs for various consumption levels by installing a smart meter system in a phased approach, aiming at 15% smart meter penetration within the first three years.

The Study will assess the most appropriate technologies and design a smart metering implementation plan for IDECO's distribution network. As part of the Study, a new tariff structure would be developed that would allow energy savings for consumers and yield benefits for IDECO 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 IDECO's coverage area within Jordan. 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.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $318,600 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The Grantee has agreed to a cash cost share of $35,400, 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 12:00 PM, LOCAL TIME, on AUGUST 19, 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