Consultancy Support for Grid Modernisation and Energy Storage

27 Sep 2017





The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has allocated financing towards the cost of providing consultancy support for grid modernisation and energy storage development and intends to award an Indefinite Delivery Contract (IDC) for the above-mentioned services. Payments shall not be made to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

CDB now wishes to select a consultant to provide consultancy support for grid modernisation and energy storage development in the Caribbean under an IDC. The objective of the intervention is to assist electric utilities and relevant stakeholders to develop, plan and design energy storage and grid modernisation solutions which could be integrated into national grids and improve the technical conditions for renewable energy integration. The duration of the IDC is expected to be two (2) years with provision of consultancy service on a “on call” basis. The IDC will allow the mobilisation of the Consultants at relatively short notice for specific assignments; thereby the Consultants will be paid for the work delivered under the specific assignment. Individual Terms of Reference (ToRs) will be developed for each assignment, defining the specific scope of works and duration. It should be noted that the IDC will not guarantee the number of assignments to be undertaken.

CDB now invites interested eligible consulting firms to submit Expressions of Interest for the provision of these consultancy services.

Consultants shall be eligible to participate if:

(a) in the case of a body corporate, it is legally incorporated or otherwise organised in an eligible country, has its principal place of business in an eligible country and is more than 50 per cent beneficially owned by citizen(s) and/or bona fide resident(s) of eligible country(ies) or by a body(ies) corporate meeting these requirements;

(b) in the case of unincorporated firms, the persons are citizens or bona fide residents of an eligible country; and

(c) in all cases, the consultant has no arrangement and undertakes not to make any arrangements, whereby any substantial part of the net profits or other tangible benefits of the contract will accrue or be paid to a person not a citizen or bona fide resident of an eligible country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

In the assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to technical competence, qualifications and experience, regional experience, experience on similar assignments, indicative personal. All information must be submitted in English. Further information may be obtained from the address below between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted in English electronically by email to:, in pdf format no later than 9:00 am Barbados time on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The email subject line should state “Expression of Interest for Consultancy Support for Grid Modernisation and Energy Storage” and the email body must state the name and address of the applicant. The Expression of Interest will be deemed to have been received at the time that it is received by CDB. The burden of proving receipt of the e-mail will be on the applicant and will not be met solely by a read receipt or sent items report generated by the bidder’s computer.

The selection method shall be Quality- and Cost Based Selection (QCBS). Therefore, following the assessment of submissions a short list of firms will be developed. Short listed firms shall be asked to submit a technical and financial proposal following the issuance of the Request for Proposals (RFP). Thereby, the RFP will describe categories of works which could be requested under the IDC, without describing specific assignments. Due to the nature of the IDC the financial evaluation will be based on the comparison of cost proposals for exemplary assignments specified in the RFP. CDB reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not selecting any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of Expressions of Interest.

Caribbean Development Bank
REEE-Unit; Peter Werner
P.O. Box 408
St. Michael
Tel: + (246) 431-1897

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