Tenders postponed for rehab study of Liberia’s 64-MW Mount Coffee

Tendering has been postponed until further notice for a feasibility study of rebuilding and expanding Liberia’s 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project.

The government of Liberia previously requested expressions of interest by May 18 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. (HNN 5/12/07)

With a US$400,000 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the government sought an adviser who also is to study 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.

TDA said the RFP is to be modified to clarify terms of reference and provide a new submission deadline. TDA said all U.S. firms that previously requested the request for proposals would be notified.

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, an economic and financial assessment, a financing blue print, preliminary environmental 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.

On May 9, the government 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, terms of reference, and a background definitional mission were available from U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; Fax: (1) 703-875-4009. The RFP also could be requested in pdf form on the Internet at www.ustda.gov/USTDA/FedBizOpps/RFP/rfpform.asp.

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