South Africa developer seeks study of 18-MW Meerkat hydro project

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South Africa developer Basil Read Energy (Pty) Ltd. seeks bids from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of the 18-MW Meerkat hydroelectric project, proposed for South Africa’s Orange River. Bids are due November 21.

With funding from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), Basil Read Energy is developing the run-of-river project between the towns of Douglas and Hopetown. Small hydropower is seen as a solution to Africa’s electricity shortage by using bountiful renewable energy that contributes to a diversified energy system.

Basil Read Energy seeks a study to determine the technical feasibility, economic viability and financeability of the Meerkat project. The study is to include site assessment, front-end engineering and design, review of environmental impact assessment, cost estimate, economic analysis, implementation schedule, regulatory and institutional review, and U.S. sources of supply and implementation financing. The winning bidder is to be paid from a US$681,000 TDA grant.

Only U.S. firms may bid, although South African subcontractors may be used for up to 20 percent of the 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,, by entering solicitation No. 201411031A in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. A detailed request for proposals may be obtained from TDA via Internet at or by faxed request to TDA at (1) 703-875-4009.

Proposals in English are due by 5 p.m., South Africa time, November 21 to Managing Director Ian Curry, Basil Read Energy (Pty) Ltd., Level 2, No. 4 The High Street, Melrose Arch 2196 South Africa; (27) 11-5817674.

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:,; Internet:


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