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Azerbaijan - Azerspace-2 Communications Satellite Project Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2013-21017A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Sep 26, 2013 3:33 pm
POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Rashad Nabiyev
CEO/Chairman of the Board
Azercosmos OJSCo.
72 Uzeyir Hajibeyli Street
AZ1000, Baku
Phone: +99412-565-0055
Fax: +99412-565-0066.

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 for a satellite project in Azerbaijan.

This Feasibility Study will help Azercosmos Open Joint Stock Company to assess the technical, economic, and financial feasibility for a second communications satellite.

Azercosmos Open Joint Stock Company (Azercosmos) is a state-owned Azerbaijan satellite communications company. Azerbaijan established its space program in 2009 with the aim of improving communications in the country, diversifying the economy from oil and gas by establishing a satellite industry, and contributing to bridging the global digital divide. As part of this program, Azercosmos was created by the President of Azerbaijan that same year as the key implementation arm for the mandated space program. As such, Azercosmos is responsible for the design, implementation and management of the current and planned satellite projects of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Azercosmos has already launched and is operating its first satellite, the Azerspace-1 communications satellite. Azercosmos partnered with MEASAT Satellite Systems, the leading satellite operator in Malaysia, to jointly operate this satellite, which has an orbital slot that covers not only the entire territory of Azerbaijan, but also the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe as well as Middle East, CIS region and Africa. In order to meet the expected future demand in Azerbaijan, the region and Africa, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan announced in 2012 the commitment to launch a second communications satellite, Azerspace-2. Azerspace-2 will meet this increased demand by using three different satellite frequency ranges, C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band; Azerspace-1 only uses C-band and Ku-band.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $604,000 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 a background definitional mission 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 16:00 Baku time on October 24, 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.

Added: Oct 17, 2013 3:12 pm
USTDA has received inquiries as to whether USTDA will waive Section C part (f), of Annex II of the Grant Agreement, "subcontractors from countries other than the United States or Host Country may not be used." In response, USTDA WILL NOT waive this condition.

USTDA has received inquiries as to whether the awarded contractor will be precluded from follow-on contracts with the Grantee. In response, the U.S. company selected to perform the feasibility study may be involved in a consulting capacity to Azercosmos with the Azerspace-2 Communications Satellite project, but would not be eligible for major procurements such as the satellite construction contract or launch services.

USTDA has received inquiries as to whether the Definitional Mission Contractor, Space Partnership International, LLC (SPI) is precluded from bidding on the Feasibility Study for this project. The answer is yes, SPI is excluded from bidding on this Feasibility Study.

USTDA is making this information available for the benefit of all prospective bidders. The response date for this RFP remains 4:00 PM local (Baku) time on October 24, 2013.

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