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Tender Title: Hydro scheme feasibility study Location: Ballymote, Sligo
Date Published: 14-May-2012 15:53 Deadline for Tenders: 28-05-2012 Approx Start Date Required: 01-07-2012
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Other Category: Hydro Power Systems
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Request for Tender to Conduct a Design Study to Build a Hydro Electric Generator on the Owengarve River at Curry County Sligo

Curry Community Hydro Co. invite proposals from suitably qualified individuals /organisations to carry out a design study which will assess the potential energy which could be made available to Curry Community Hydro Co. to enable them construct a hydro generator at the Owengarve River site in Co Sligo grid ref.549362, 806195, and to sell the excess power into the national grid.

A preliminary site study has established that
• A head of 3m is available
• Rainfall at the site is in the region of 1175mm/annum and has a catchment area of 79 sq. kilometers giving an average flow of 2.77 cu.m/sec

Description of the services required:

Tenders are invited to submit proposals for the completion of a number of stages that will assess the potential of the site and enable this project to start construction. These will include:

Stage 1. Site Study
• Carry out detailed topographical survey, which will include detailed measurements of all structures and watercourses.
• Gathering of all flow data that will include: head duration curve, flow duration curve and flood levels.
• Grid connection arrangements and access route confirmation

At the end of this stage those tendering will have accurate information as to the energy potential of the site. The tenderer will make an assessment of the site with regards to the suitability of various types of generating equipment and make a recommendation of a system that will give the best solution. Calculation of system outline cost, projected revenue and economic payback time.

Stage 2. Environmental Survey
• An Appropriate Assessment will be provided for the site and any necessary subsequent studies identified will be completed.
• Meetings/consultations with Fisheries, County Council Planning requirements, and any other relevant bodies.
At the end of this stage tenderers will have dealt with all the local environmental considerations to be adhered to and will be in a position to ascertain the planning issues.

Stage 3. Planning and Design

• Preparation of sufficient drawings to make a planning application
• Preparation of planning application
• Application Document for Sligo Co. Co
• Outline design drawings and build layout.
• Outline of project timescale.
• Budget quotations for the supply and installation of system
• Turbine estimate
• Civil estimate
• Electrical connection and cabling
• Negotiations with ESB Networks for an interconnection with the National Grid

At the end of this stage of the project we will expect to have a breakdown of the build costs along with all the necessary documentation and permission required to start construction.
All Environmental issues will have been dealt with and an accurate assessment will have been made as to the maximum volume of water that can be taken from the river whilst obeying all the environmental and planning concerns.

1. Contract type

Curry Community Hydro Co. will award a single, fixed price contract for this feasibility study to the successful tendering individual/organisation.

2. Timetable

Closing date for receipt of tender is Friday 25th May 2012 5.00pm.

3. Areas to be covered in proposals

Any company or individual submitting a tender proposal under this RFT must include the following:

• Details of Qualifications & Experience,
• Key Project Personnel: The proposal must identify and profile each of the key individuals undertaking the feasibility study and the profiles of any outsourced partners who may be used.
• Study Project Plan – the tender must contain a description of how the tenderer intends to carry out the work with a particular focus on how outcomes will be achieved and measured. Included in this should be an outline of the approach to be taken, scheduling of events and the reporting of conclusions back to Curry Community Hydro Co. for each stage as outlined above.
• Details of 3 relevant references (these companies/individuals that may be contacted for the purpose of taking references, and those tendering should ensure the referees agreement to such an approach)

• Company name
• Contract Description
• Contact Name & contact details.

• A Tax Clearance Certificate must also be provided.
• Health & Safety and quality assurance policies and documentation.
• Proposed Costs: All costs for producing the feasibility project, including miscellaneous costs e.g. any travel costs, expenses etc.

4. Assessment of proposal

Tenders will be assessed by reference to the following:

• Completeness of documentation as specified in this RFT.
• Stated ability of the tenderer to meet all requirements specified in the RFT, as evidenced by the information supplied.
• Technical capacity and proven experience, as evidenced by the information supplied.
• Ability to deliver results promptly and efficiently, as evidenced by information supplied.
• Proposed cost of conducting all stages of the feasibility project.

5. Queries and Information concerning this RFT

All queries should be directed to:


6. Conditions
As we will be seeking Government funding for this project it is imperative that tenderers declare their independence of manufacturing companies to avoid conflicts of interest at this initial stage of the project.
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