The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has extended the deadline for bids to provide financial advisory services to the government of Pakistan for the proposed 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric project on the Indus River. Bids now are due November 6.
The agency awarded a contract in September to MWH Global to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of Diamer Bhasha (also spelled Basha). USAID announced in October it has pledged US$200 million toward development of the project.
Pakistan recruited firms in 2009 for design, construction supervision, and contract administration of Diamer Bhasha, which includes a 272-meter-tall roller-compacted-concrete dam, two diversion tunnels, two underground powerhouses of 2,250 MW each, a permanent access bridge, and hydro-mechanical and steel structural equipment.
USAID/Pakistan now seeks bids for financial advisory services in regard to financing Diamer Bhasha. Work is to include development of a financing strategy for the project, assistance in financing decision making and financial closure, and development of a computer-based financial model for the project. The work is expected to require one year at a cost of US$2.5 million to US$2.9 million.
A solicitation notice may be obtained from the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering Solicitation No. SOL39114000055 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.
Bidders now are to submit separate technical and cost proposals by 4:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, November 6. For information, contact Henok Amenu, Department of State, USAID Unit 62206, APO 09812-2206, Islamabad, Pakistan; (92) 51-2081271; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to Luis Rivera, Contracting Officer, email@example.com.