Project Name
Government of Antigua and Barbuda - Energy Resilience Project
Pre-qualification of Contractors for the Supply and Installation of an Underground Electrical Network
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The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Barbuda Energy Resilience Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds to eligible payments under this contract[1].  Payment by CDB will be made only at the request of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement.

The Loan Agreement prohibits a withdrawal from the Loan Account for the purpose of any payment 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.  No party other than the Government of Antigua and Barbuda shall derive any rights from the Loan Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Loan.

The Antigua Public Utilities Authority is the Executing Agency for the Project, and the Ministry of Finance is responsible for the overall implementation of the project.  A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established to coordinate the various activities within the Project.  The PMU intends to prequalify contractors for “The Supply and Installation of an Underground Electrical Network” (ICB No.: 73597-W-12) a contract to deliver the following:

  • Trenching of existing roadways to install new power duct banks and conductors. Reinstatement of roadway surfaces.
  • Removal and disposal of existing road surfaces.
  • Removal of existing utility power poles.
  • Concrete formwork, conduit placement, rebar, and pouring.
  • Supply and Installation of electrical ducts in trenches and on new and existing utility poles
  • Installation of pad mounted equipment foundations.
  • Supply and installation of power transformers, reclosers, fuses and fuse holders, insulators, electrical enclosures, and other utility power related equipment.
  • Reinstatement of roadway surfaces.
  • Develop Environmental and Social Management plan per Employer’s guidelines.

It is expected that Invitations for Bids will be issued in December 2021.


[1] If prequalification is being invited for more than one contract, describe each contract and indicate whether Applications may be made for prequalification for one or more of the contracts.



Firms whether applying individually or in the form of a Joint Venture, shall:

  1. be legally incorporated or otherwise organised in, and have their principal place of business in an Eligible Country;
  2. be more than fifty (50) percent beneficially-owned by a citizen or citizens and/or a bona fide resident or residents of an Eligible Country, or by a body corporate or bodies meeting these requirements, as far as the ownership can be reasonably determined; and
  3. shall have no arrangement and undertake not to make any arrangement whereby the majority of the financial benefits of the contract, i.e., more than fifty (50) percent of the value of the contract, will accrue or be paid to sub-contractors or sub-consultants that are not from an Eligible Country.


Eligible countries are member countries of CDB[1]. Bidders are advised to review the detailed eligibility criteria detailed in Section 4 and conflict of interest provisions in Section 5 of the Procurement Procedures for Projects Financed by CDB (January 2021), as published on CDB’s website.

The requirements for pre-qualification will include:

  1. an average annual turnover (defined as billing for works in progress and completed) over the last five (5) years of USD9.8 mn;
  1. demonstrable cash flow (including access to credit) of USD1.2 mn equivalent; and
  1. experience as prime contractor in the construction of at least one (1) assignments of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed project activity within the last ten (10) years, each of a value of at least USD3 mn (to comply with this requirement, works quoted should be at least eighty percent (80%) complete).



Interested eligible applicants may obtain further information from and inspect the Prequalification Documents at the Project Management Unit at the first address below, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (local time).  A complete set of the prequalification documents in English may be obtained by interested applicants through the following means:

By emailing Winston Whyte at and requesting a copy of the documents.

Prequalification submissions must be in English and must be submitted by 12:00 hours, local time on November 30, 2021.

There are two options for submitting prequalification information.  These are:

(a)        By electronic submission to the email address indicated in the first address below.  The “Subject” field of the email message must read: “Application to Prequalify for “Application to Prequalify for The Supply and Installation of an Underground Electrical Network, Ref. No. CDBGOABUGRFP21”. The submission will be deemed to have been received at the time that it is received by The Project Management Unit.  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; or

(b)        One original and three hard copies in a sealed envelope to the second address below.  The sealed envelope containing each submission must include the name and address of the applicant and be clearly marked “Application to Prequalify for The Supply and Installation of an Underground Electrical Network, Ref. No. CDBGOABUGRFP21”.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda reserves the right to accept or reject late applications AS PER 18.1 OF PREQUALIFICATION DATA SHEET or to cancel the prequalification process.  The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will not be bound to assign any reason for not pre-qualifying any applicant and will not defray costs incurred by applicants in the preparation and submission of the pre-qualification documents.





Attention: Winston Whyte

Project Coordinator

Barbuda Energy Resilience Project

Antigua Public Utilities Authority

P.O. Box 416, Independence Ave

St. John’s

Antigua and Barbuda


Telephone #: 1-246-480-7460