Liberia reopens call for rehab study of 64-MW Mount Coffee

The government of Liberia has reopened tendering for a feasibility study of rebuilding and expanding the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project. Bids are due September 18.

The government previously requested expressions of interest by May 18 from U.S. firms. However, tendering was postponed to modify the terms of reference and budget, which was increased to US$531,500 from US$400,000. (HNN 6/8/07)

With a grant now totaling US$531,500 from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the government now seeks submissions of qualifications and proposals from U.S. firms to conduct a technical and economic feasibility study of the reconstruction and expansion of Mount Coffee, which was destroyed during a period of war and civil unrest.

The study is to include expanding Mount Coffee to 100 MW to support all electricity demands of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and fill a critical gap in electricity sector planning.

The feasibility study is to include a review of available data and development of a work plan, a site review and drafting of preliminary designs, identification of technology and systems requirements, development of project cost estimates and investment requirements, a cost-benefit analysis, an economic and financial assessment, a financing plan, an assessment of development impact, preliminary environmental and socioeconomic impact assessment, and a final report.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid for the work. However, the contractor may use Liberian subcontractors for up to 20 percent of the TDA grant amount.

The latest announcement did not mention its May 9 notice that said bidders might choose among three firms to be their local partners:
o Design Group Inc., Architects-Engineers, General Manager Joseph A.H. Jones, Sareta House, 18th St. &Tubman Blvd., Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia; (231) 6-556813; E-mail: jahjones2001@yahoo.com;
o Engineering &Construction Services, Civil Engineering-Design &Construction, Chief Executive Officer William D. Cooper, P.O. Box 1534, Paynesville City, Liberia; (231) 6-551643; E-mail: engconservices@yahoo.com;
o Sawyer and Associates Inc., General Manager Francis Kapuwa, Buzzi Quarter, UN Drive, Monrovia, Liberia; (231) 6-517423; E-mail: fkapuwa2005@yahoo.com.

A copy of the request for proposals with terms of reference and a background definitional mission may be obtained from U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA. The RFP may be requested in pdf form on the Internet at www.ustda.gov/USTDA/FedBizOpps/RFP/rfpform.asp. Requests for a copy by mail may be sent by fax to the TDA Information Resource Center at (1) 703-875-4009. TDA warned that some firms have found that return mail delivery has not been fast enough for an adequate response and that a delivery service or courier might be appropriate.

Proposals, in English, are due by 4 p.m. September 18 to Dunstan L.D. Macauley, Project Manager and Consultant, Liberia Electricity Corp., P.O. Box 10-0165, Waterside, 1000, Monrovia 10 Liberia; (231) 7-7710577; E-mail: lecliberia@yahoo.com, stanmac54@yahoo.com.

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