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USTDA seeking quotes for project evaluation work in East Africa

Geothermal well at Menengai, Kenya (source: flickr/ ScientificDrilling)
Alexander Richter 16 Mar 2016

The US Trade and Development Agency is seeking quotes for a desk study for the evaluation of geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has issued a Quote Request for a Geothermal Energy Project Desk Study for the evaluation of geothermal projects.

USTDA requires services under this non-personal services contract to support or improve its decision-making relative to the funding of geothermal energy projects or activities in subSaharan Africa.

The Contractor shall provide a report (a “Business Confidential Analysis and Recommendation”) to USTDA, which will assess and justify whether or not USTDA should provide funding for proposed feasibility studies, technical assistance, pilot projects or other trade capacity building activities.

This Desk Study (DS) contract would require the contractor (DS Contractor) to review up to 8 proposals for geothermal energy feasibility studies, technical assistance activities or pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa and fully develop four (4) funding recommendations for activities for USTDA consideration.

The DS Contractor is required to evaluate the proposed activities’ eligibility for USTDA’s program and funding under USTDA’s US-ACEF memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of State and/or USTDA’s Power Africa transfer agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The review and preparation of each of the four recommended projects selected in consultation with USTDA would include an analysis of whether the project meets US-ACEF and/or Power Africa transfer agreement intended uses, general project criteria, additionality criteria, and environmental impact criteria. Eligible “clean energy activities” under US-ACEF are defined in Attachment IX.

For the four identified projects, the DS Contractor is required to develop a detailed funding recommendation report including terms of reference and budget estimate and confirm U.S. industry competitiveness and foreign competition for sources of supply and implementation of the project.

Details and the necessary documentation can be found through the FedBizOpps website.

Detailed overview on the actual requested scope of work can be found here (pdf).