U.S. seeks study of Central America hydropower projects

The United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) seeks proposals from consultants to study funding opportunities for at least two hydroelectric projects in Panama and El Salvador. Responses are due February 28.

TDA seeks U.S.-based consultants to carry out a definitional mission to the Central American nations for an estimated cost of US$55,000. TDA awarded grants in 2007 to support development of other Central American hydro, the 630-MW El Diquis project in Costa Rica.

Under the current definitional mission, a consultant is to travel to Panama and El Salvador to follow up on projects that were presented in a TDA Mini-Hydroelectric Reverse Trade Mission in April 2010. The definitional mission report is to be completed by May 15.

In Panama, the consultant is to examine the Panama Canal Authority’s 48-MW Alto Chagres hydro project. The authority proposes developing the plant as part of its multi-year US$5.2 billion expansion of the Panama Canal.

In El Salvador, the consultant is to examine a proposal by Ingendehsa S.A. de C.V. to develop the 16-MW Ilopango-Aguacayo hydro project on the country’s largest natural lake, Lake Ilopango. In addition to generating power, it would help control annual flooding near the lake.

The contractor also may evaluate other priority projects that might benefit from TDA assistance in hydro-rich Panama and El Salvador.

The mission is to determine whether TDA should provide funding for proposed studies, technical assistance, and other trade capacity building activities for the hydro projects. It is to assess whether the projects are economically, financially, and technically viable. The contractor also is to analyze the potential for procurement of U.S. goods and services and to analyze political, social, and organizational support for the projects.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the U.S. government’s Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. RFQCO201151094 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Bidders must register in the U.S. Central Contractor Registration on the Internet at www.ccr.gov.

U.S.-based consultants are to submit technical and business/cost proposals by noon, Eastern time, Feb. 28. For information, contact by e-mail Tyrone Johnson, Contracting Officer, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Contracts Office, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-875-4357; E-mail: tjohnson@ustda.gov, contract@ustda.gov.

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