U.S. seeks rehab bids for Afghanistan’s 11.55-MW Darunta

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks proposals for rehabilitation of the 11.55-MW Darunta hydroelectric project on Afghanistan’s Kabul River. Bids are due June 17.

USAID said the Darunta project, which was built by Soviet companies in the 1960s, is in poor condition requiring major rehabilitation including possible replacement of all three of its turbine-generators. Darunta has three vertical Kaplan units of 3.85 MW each.

USAID invited expressions of interest in April for design-build services for the rehabilitation. (HNN 4/1/08) At that time it said it would advise prospective bidders of project objectives and desired outcomes but would not specify exact equipment requirements or rehabilitation methods.

The agency said it expected to award a firm fixed-price contract of between US$5 million and US$10 million.

Information on the project may be obtained from the U.S. Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. 30608020 in the �Quick Search� box. The solicitation may be obtained directly from the site under https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=052ffca309e20f1c73e5d4144ba1d007&tab=core&_cview=1.

Questions may be submitted by May 27 by e-mail to Wali Achakzai, Acquisition Specialist, United States Agency for International Development; (1) 202-216-6292; E-mail: wachakzai@usaid.gov; darunta@usaid.gov; Internet: http://afghanistan.usaid.gov.

Technical and cost proposals are due by 3 p.m. Kabul time, June 17 to Charles E. Mosby, Contracting Officer, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, United States Agency for International Development, Great Massoud Road, Kabul, Afghanistan; E-mail: darunta@usaid.gov. Proposals may be submitted by e-mail.

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