Jamaica seeks consultant for procurement including hydro

The government of Jamaica seeks bids from consultants to prepare tender documents and manage procurement of generating capacity that could include hydropower. Bids are due October 18.

Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation plans to procure on a build-own-operate basis:
o Project A: A project providing firm generating capacity from a 40-MW combustion turbine by 2009 with an option for an additional 40-MW turbine; and
o Project B: A set of projects that will provide up to 640,000 MWh per year of energy from renewable sources by 2010. The government defines renewables to include hydropower, solar, wind, and biomass sources.

The government has set a goal that 15 percent of Jamaica’s energy come from renewables by 2020. Currently, 95 percent of the nation’s grid electricity is fueled by imported petroleum.

Petroleum Corp. of Jamaica recently pre-qualified prospective investor-partners in a joint venture to develop small hydropower projects. (HNN 8/28/07) Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd. currently operates eight small hydro projects totaling 21.4 MW. Studies have indicated there is potential for about 11 additional hydro projects totaling 25 to 30 MW.

OUR seeks a consultant to prepare tender documents and manage the bidding procedure.

The request for proposals may be obtained from the OUR Internet site, www.our.org.jm, or from the address below upon request. Bids, labeled �Proposal for Consulting Services � Build-Own-Operate Power Generation Projects in Jamaica� and accompanied by US$200, must be deposited in the tender box at the address below by 3 p.m. October 18.

For information, contact Richard Brown, Office of Utilities Regulation, Third Floor, PCJ Resource Centre, 36 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10 Jamaica; (876) 968-6053; Fax: (876) 929-3635; E-mail: rbrown@our.org.jm; Internet: www.our.org.jm.

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