Virgin Islands utility seeks alternative generation

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) seeks proposals for power from alternative energy generating facilities on St. Thomas and St. Croix islands. Pre-qualification forms are due February 22, followed by bids May 1.

The request for proposals seeks to reduce the authority’s cost of providing electricity and to decrease its dependence on fuel oil. All generation technologies will be considered except oil-fired generation.

WAPA said bidders who propose new technologies such as wave energy generation must demonstrate relevant experience that will ensure they can successfully build, finance, and operate proposed projects.

WAPA interim Executive Director Nellon Bowry said the RFP has been sent to at least 90 possible power providers and it being widely advertised. It may be obtained from the authority’s Internet site, www.viwapa.vi.

The authority seeks 20-year agreements for purchase of power from one or more winning bidders. The RFP and proposed power purchase agreement were developed with the assistance of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP; Boston Pacific Co. Inc.; and R.W. Beck Inc.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled February 15. Prospective bidders are to submit pre-qualification forms by February 22. Pre-qualification results are to be announced March 7. Bids are due May 1, with results to be announced June 30.

For information, contact Madeline Stevens-Webster, Purchasing and Contract Manager, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority � Administrative Office, St. Thomas Subbase Office, 8189 Subbase, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, USA 00802-5825; E-mail: powerrfp@viwapa.vi; Internet: www.viwapa.vi.

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