UPDATE – Liberia names local contacts for 64-MW Mount Coffee tender

The government of Liberia has released names of three potential local partners for bidders offering to study rebuilding and expanding the 64-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project. Expressions of interest in the work are due May 18.

With a US$400,000 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), the government previously invited expressions of interest from U.S. firms to conduct a technical and economic feasibility study of reconstruction and expansion of Mount Coffee. (HNN 4/9/07) The project was destroyed during a period of war and civil unrest.

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 government said May 9 that 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.

Work is to include study of 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, an economic and financial assessment, a financing blue print, preliminary environmental assessment, and a final report.

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 https://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. May 18 to Dunstan L.D. Macauley, Project Manager and Consultant, Liberia Electricity Corp., P.O. Box 10, 165, Waterside, 1000, Monrovia 10 Liberia; (231) 7-7710577; E-mail: lecliberia@yahoo.com, stanmac54@yahoo.com.


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