Chile firm seeks feasibility study of biomass-hydropower renewable energy park

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Developer Bioenergy S.A. seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of a 58-MW biomass and hydropower renewable energy park near Mulchen, Chile. Responses are due October 29.

The United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) granted US$607,000 to Bioenergy to study the project, which is to include an 18-MW biomass energy plant, a 33-MW hydroelectric project, and a 7-MW hydro project.

Hydropower is included in a number of renewable energy initiatives in Chile. The Inter-American Development Bank invested up to US$5 million in renewable energy in Chile, including up to eight small hydropower projects. U.S. and Chilean energy officials agreed in 2009 to advance non-conventional renewable energy including ocean energy. Additionally, the government of Chile created a US$400 million fund to promote new renewable energies, including small hydropower and ocean energy.

In the current solicitation, Bioenergy S.A. invites qualifications and proposals from U.S. firms to establish economic, commercial, and environmental feasibility of the renewable energy park on 24,000 acres of native forest land. The firm also would prepare conceptual engineering design for the park.

Only U.S. firms may bid for the work. They may use subcontractors from Chile for up to 20 percent of the TDA grant amount. Price is not to be a factor in contractor selection, so cost proposals should not be submitted.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the U.S. government’s Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. 201351028A in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. A detailed request for proposals may be obtained from TDA via Internet at https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp or by faxed request to TDA at (1) 703-875-4009.

Proposals in English are due by 4 p.m. October 29 to Gerente General Alexandro Levy, Bioenergy S.A., Hendaya 60, Office 601, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile; (56) 981373461.

For information, contact Jennifer Van Renterghem, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-875-4357; Fax: (1) 703-875-4009; E-mail: jvanrenterghem@ustda.gov, rfpquestions@ustda.gov; Internet: www.ustda.gov.

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