Consultants sought by Tanzania energy, water regulator

The Tanzania Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) seeks bids from U.S. firms to provide technical assistance to agency operations particularly in regulation of power projects. Bids are due November 28.

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) awarded Tanzania a grant of US$623,580 to finance technical assistance to help EWURA establish operational protocols based on international practices so that the agency may carry out its duties. The assistance is to address specific requirements needed to enhance the rules, standard modes of operation, and professional capabilities of EWURA's staff.

Tanesco has an installed capacity of 1,212 MW, of which 562 MW is from hydropower. National utility Tanzania Electric Supply Co. (Tanesco) expects annual demand will grow to more than 1,100 MW by 2010.

Tanesco Managing Director Idris Rashidi recently said the company needs to invest a substantial amount of money in the next five years to improve power production, transmission, and distribution. (HNN 10/31/08)

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid for the work. However, the contractor may use Tanzanian subcontractors for up to 20 percent of the TDA grant amount.

A copy of the request for proposals with terms of reference and a background definitional mission report may be obtained from TDA, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901 USA. The RFP may be requested in pdf form on the Internet at https://www.ustda.gov/USTDA/FedBizOpps/RFP/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.

Proposals, in English, are due by 4 p.m. November 28 to Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, 6th Floor, Harbour View Towers, Samora Avenue/Mission Street, P.O. Box 72175. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The TDA point of contact is Evangela Kunene, 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: ekunene@ustda.gov; Internet: www.ustda.gov.

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