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Kazakhstan - Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems Technical Assistance Project

Solicitation Number: 2010-81028A-2
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Jul 05, 2012 3:33 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi
Project Information Specialist
Contract Support for USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
***Please do not contact contracts office***

Proposal Submission Place:
ATTN: USTDA Grant Competition
Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Compnay (KEGOC)
Joint-Stock Company
37 Beibitshilik St.
Saryarka District
Astana 010000
Republic Of Kazakhstan

Phone: +7 (7172) 31 95 22
Fax:     +7 (7172) 97 04 55

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 conduct Technical Assistance to:

1. Evaluate the current status of KEGOC's transmission line monitoring equipment and program;
2. Evaluate current technologies to determine the best fit for KEGOC's current and future monitoring and diagnostic plans;
3. Develop technical specifications for updating the KEGOC's equipment, and guidelines to update KEGOC's monitoring and inspection routines;
4. Prepare tender documentation for procuring the above systems.

KEGOC owns and operates the grid and all electric power high voltage (220 kilovolts and higher) transmission lines in Kazakhstan, which constitute about 24,000 kilometers (km) of transmission lines. The grid includes 1,421 km of 1,150-kV lines, 6,419 km of 500-kV lines, 1,480km of 330-kV and 14,662 km of 220-kV lines. As part of its system, KEGOC also owns and operates 74 substations. The company is 100% owned by the national state holding company, Samruk-Kazyna. In order to reduce line losses, KEGOC wishes to carry out transmission line condition assessment work with technologically advanced diagnostic equipment that is available in the international market. The aim is to assess the condition of transmission lines through non-invasive means.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $629,780 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A Request for Proposals for the Project was originally issued in 2011; however, the Project's scope of work has been augmented and funding has been added in order to complete the Terms of Reference.

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 along with five (5) copies and one (1) electronic copy directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM, AUGUST 15, 2012 at the above address / email addresses. 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