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Kazakhstan - AZHK Smart Grid Project Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2013-21004A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: Jun 03, 2013 2:41 pm
POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703-875-4357
Fax: 703-875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Dauren Baimagambetov
Deputy Chairman of The Boards on Finance and Economics
JSC Alatau Zharyk Company, 24 B
Manas Str., 050008
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone: +7-727-376-18-06
Fax: 7+727-375-19-09

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 smart grid upgrades to the electricity transmission network in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

AZHK provides electric power to a total population of 2.2 million in the city and region of Almaty through over 15,000 miles of transmission and distribution power lines and over 7,000 substations. Due to outdated equipment, AZHK experiences significant technical and commercial losses in excess of 19%. Electricity lost through poor billing and theft (commercial losses) and poor quality infrastructure (technical losses) represents costs for which there is no corresponding revenue. Furthermore, regulated transmission and distribution tariffs are calculated for line losses of 16.5%, so AZHK has considerable financial incentive to reduce line losses. In order to reduce these losses, AZHK plans to implement a modern supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, smart metering at large commercial customers, an outage management system (OMS), communications systems for distribution automation, and pilot smart metering for residential and small commercial customers. By increasing operational efficiency through better management, these changes would reduce technical losses. Commercial losses would be reduced through higher levels of required payment compliance and simplified grid connections.

This Feasibility Study will help to assess the technical, economic, and financial feasibility for implementing distribution automation technologies in the Almaty region. Implementing this smart grid project would reduce line losses, improve power management and improve its service to its customers.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $614,615 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 4:00 P.M. local time, July 12, 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
Jennifer Van Renterghem
Phone: 703-875-4357