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Ghana - NEDCo Management and Investment Planning

Solicitation Number: 2013-11001A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Jan 24, 2013 7:22 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:

Managing Director
Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)
P.O. Box TL 77 Tamale
Tel: +233 37 2022363

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 provide technical assistance ("TA") for the restructuring of business operation and developing a five-year investment plan, which will identify necessary procurements in areas related to demand side management, load management, and networks operations, control, and management in Ghana ("Host Country"). The TA will also include training that would build the capacity of NEDCo'S staff to implement the TA's recommendations.

NEDCo is a subsidiary of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana's state owned generation company, and operates Ghana's northern distribution network. Due to low customer density in the north, NEDCo's distribution network was developed with relaxed design standards in order to make the distribution network extension economically feasible. The relaxed network standards have led to extensive technical, non-technical, and collection losses in the north reaching almost forty percent. Thus NEDCo has prioritized loss reduction through pre-paid metering and smart grid technologies as well as capacity building for its operations and management staff. These efforts are geared towards effective management and improved services to a fast growing customer base. The TA will assist NEDCo in developing a five-year investment plan, which will identify necessary procurements in areas related to demand side management, load management, and networks operations, control, and management. The TA will also include training that would build the capacity of NEDCo's staff to implement the TA's recommendations. Portions of a background Definitional Mission are provided for reference in Annex 2.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$410,000 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 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, with eight (8) copies, directly to the Grantee at the above address by 2:00PM Local (Accra) Time, March 11, 2013. 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