Government utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a financial feasibility study of the 630-MW El Diquis hydroelectric project on Costa Rica’s General Superior River. Proposals are due March 25.
Formerly called the Boruca-Veraguas project, El Diquis has been studied by ICE for many years. Boruca-Veraguas was chosen as an alternative to a 709-MW Boruca-Cajon proposal because it is expected to have fewer social and environmental effects. The Inter-American Development Bank last year recruited consultants to perform and oversee supporting studies of El Diquis. (HNN 10/22/07)
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) awarded two grants totaling US$500,000 to Costa Rica in 2007 to support development of the project. (HNN 9/11/07) One, for US$200,000, is to fund a comprehensive financial analysis feasibility study.
A copy of the TDA-funded request for proposals 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 www.ustda.gov/businessopps/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.
Only U.S. firms may bid for the work. The U.S. firm may use Costa Rican contractors for up to 20 percent of the US$200,000 TDA grant amount. Price will not be a factor in bidding, so cost proposals should not be submitted.
Proposals, in English and Spanish, are due by 10 a.m. March 25 to Jose Manuel Lopez Pinto, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Direccion de Proveeduria del ICE, Ventanilla Unica del Colegio Los Angeles, Sabana Norte 300 Metros Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica; (506) 2205514; Fax: (506) 2326616.
For information, contact Evangela Kunene, Procurement Data Manager, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA; (1) 703-8754357; Fax: (1) 703-8754009; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.