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Opportunities for Monitoring Equipment in China

Point of Contact for this project is Evangela Kunene, USTDA, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131, Tel: (703) 875-4357, Fax: (703) 875-4009. Shanghai Environmental Monitoring System. The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms which are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for the expansion and upgrading of the environmental monitoring and data management capabilities for the city of Shanghai, China.

Due to the substantial population and industrial growth in Shanghai, a significantly expanded and upgraded environmental monitoring system is needed for both air and water quality. The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) runs the current system and will be in charge of this expansion and upgrading project. Parameters need to be chosen which will adequately indicate air and water quality, and laboratory equipment plus field mounted stationary and mobile monitoring equipment needs to be identified to meet the new monitoring requirements. In addition to the Shanghai EPB monitoring needs, the new monitoring regulations will require more than 50 industries to install air emissions and wastewater discharge monitoring equipment. A feasibility study is needed to define the technical and financial requirements of this improved environmental monitoring system. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the proposed feasibility study has been broken into the three (3) major elements: A) Air Monitoring, B) Water Quality and Wastewater Monitoring, and C) Laboratory Equipment. The estimated total cost of this environmental monitoring system expansion and upgrading is $25 million. A synopsis of the scope of each of these three major elements is presented below.


The Shanghai EPB needs to expand and improve their ambient air monitoring system and will also be requiring a number of major industries, primarily the 12 electric power plants, to monitor air emissions. This will require the purchase and installation of a large amount of new air monitoring equipment by both the EPB and the regulated industries. Parametric coverage will include conventional air pollutants plus PM10, CO, VOC’s, and O3 on a selected basis.


Water quality monitoring in the various creeks, rivers, and reservoirs in the Shanghai metropolitan area as well as wastewater discharge monitoring at a number of municipal and industrial outfalls is a very important environmental priority. There is a great deal of concern regarding the long-term supply of safe drinking water to the city. This expanded monitoring system is a step towards a more complete understanding of the current water quality situation and a key element in the development of the plan for drinking water supply and wastewater treatment for the future. Primarily, conventional chemical and biological parameters will be monitored, some on a continuous basis, others on a periodic basis. Both river water quality and wastewater discharge monitoring is required.


Another aspect of this overall environmental monitoring system upgrading and expansion is the addition of new laboratory analytical equipment at both the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences (SAES) and the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center (SEMC). Both of these labs are under the overall direction of the Shanghai EPB. New analytical requirements plus increased sample load and replacement of obsolete equipment are the three factors driving these needs. All media are involved; air, water, and soils/sediments. Finally, the overall EPB/SAES/SEMC data management information technology network is inadequate for both the current operations and obviously for the future. Upgrading and expansion of this data management system, including the QA/QC elements, is a high priority item. Equipment planned includes GC/MS, GC, HPLC, FIA, and a variety of other laboratory instruments.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $278,260 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the TOR, and a background definitional mission report are available from TDA, at 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209-2131. Requests for the RFP should be faxed to the IRC, TDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm’s name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want TDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to TDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to TDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, TDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling TDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this TDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under TDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the TDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the TDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the TDA grant amount. Details of TDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4:00 pm, September 28, 2001 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission

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