U.S. seeks Pakistan hydropower study

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) seeks applications from U.S. consultants to conduct a definitional mission of the hydropower sector in Pakistan. Responses are due November 21.

The definitional mission seeks to provide assistance in support of Pakistan’s power sector, focusing primarily on hydropower. For a maximum estimated cost of US$40,000, the mission is to identify three or four projects for TDA funding consideration. Pakistan currently has 35,000 MW of hydropower potential, with five mega-projects planned over the next decade and other smaller-sized projects being considered.

As part of the definitional mission, the contractor is to focus on potential assistance for smaller-sized hydro projects and to evaluate regulatory and legal advisory assistance needs. The contract also is to evaluate potential projects in transmission infrastructure and other renewable energy sources.

TDA said the contractor would be asked to give special attention to potential projects in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan, and Northwest Frontier Province. (HNN 8/25/06) In addition to support for projects of 50 MW and under, the contractor is to explore the possibility of an orientation visit to the U.S. by key Pakistani hydropower decision-makers.

The contract is open to U.S. firms only. Solicitation documents may be obtained from the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by searching for solicitation No. USTDA 07 Q 21 001. Contractors must be registered on the Central Contract Registration Internet site, www.ccr.gov.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. November 21 to Contracting Office, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 U.S.A. For information, contact Lynda Kindrick, Contracts Specialist, (1) 703-875-4357; Fax: (1) 703-875-4009; E-mail: lkindrick@ustda.gov.

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