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"Request for Expression of Interest - Airport Master Planning Activities in Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-I Sharif and Herat Airports"












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Airport Master Planning Activities in Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat Airports.



Deadline for submission of EOI: 22nd September, 2008, 16:00 hours. (Kabul Local Time)


Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Consulting Services: Airport Master Planning Activities in Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat Airports.

AFG no: 0809101.

Ref No: MOT/878/QCBS.


1.0    The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA) has received funding approval from the Ministry of Finance to proceed with a contract for the conduct of Airport Master Planning activities.  The MOTCA is interested in procuring Airport Master Planning Services for Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat airports.


2.0    Each of Afghanistan’s major airports in Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat are striving to address key issues, objectives and goals pertinent to airport development.  The compilation of information, tables, charts, and other documents in pursuing this task will ultimately result in a set of Airport Plans that are acceptable to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA).  This Master Planning will generally be conducted in accordance with:


(i).  ICAO Annex 14 Aerodromes;

(ii). ICAO Aerodrome Design Manual (Doc 9157); and

(iii) ICAO Airport Master Planning Manual (Doc 9184). 


3.0              The scope of work would include but not be limited to:


A.         research and document the existing airport, airport facilities (landside and airside), socioeconomic, political, safety, security, environmental and relevant community data as may be needed to address the tasks in the Scope of Work;

B.          develop estimates of the short (0-5 years), intermediate (6-10 years) and long range (11-20 years) aviation activity at each airport;

C.          determine the existing and forecast the short, intermediate and long range annual service volume, hourly capacity and airport/aircraft delay of the airport;

D.         identifying and preparing possible development alternatives for further evaluation;

E.          examination of both the existing and future environmental impacts of the proposed development alternative and identification of any potential or existing environmental problem areas that may be encountered at each airport during the development period;

F.           provision of a set of Airport Layout Plans for each individual airport at Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif, in accordance with ICAO guidelines; and

G.         identification of the capital improvements necessary to meet aviation demand and the facility requirements throughout the planning period indicating projects, costs, and distribution of costs (national, provincial, private and local) for each year in the short range, and for the intermediate and long range planning periods.


4.0    All Airport Master Planning activity and associated documentation/reports are to be completed within 12 months after the notice to proceed.


5.0    The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA) now invites eligible companies to express their interest in providing the above-mentioned services. Interested companies must provide information showing that they are qualified to perform the services, including:


A.         Experience in airfield engineering and aviation planning services, including staff members highly qualified with skills in airport management, physical planning, airport operations, engineering, environmental science and socioeconomics;

B.          Availability of appropriate skills among staff, including experience of business processes, information technology and language capabilities;

C.          Evidence showing the company has a proven track record in the successful conduct of comprehensive airport master planning projects which includes at least one international airport; giving details of the nature, scope and value of these assignments, the staff involved and the methodology employed;

D.         Evidence showing the company has experience conducting similar work in developing countries under similar conditions to Afghanistan; and

E.          References.


6.0  The method of selection would be  Quality cum Cost Based Selection (QCBS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the world bank’s Procurement Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004, revised on 1st October, 2006).


7.0    Companies may associate to enhance their qualification or access to local advisors. The Association may take the form of a Joint Venture (with joint and severable liabilities of all partners) or a sub-consultancy. If consultants intend to associate with other firms, they are required to state in their EOI the composition and form of the association.


8.0    The main part of the EOI shall be a specific brief of not more than five (5) pages, to be sent by electronic mail to the address given below at para 9.0. The five pages shall comprise a brief presentation of the firm or association, including the points mentioned at para 6.0 above. The same text, together with all other material   (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, appropriate skills among staff, etc.), shall be sent as hard copy to the address given below. Consultants are encouraged to provide only materials that are specific to the proposed services, and to avoid submitting generic promotional material.


9.0         Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address at S.no.11.0 from 09:00 to 15:00 hours (Saturday to Thursday).


10.0  Expressions of Interest (hard + soft copies) must be delivered at the address given at S.no. 11.0 not later than 1600 hours (Kabul Local Time) on 22nd September, 2008.


11.0 Address: -  


Attention:  Mr. Arindam Lai, Advisor/ Mr. Farid Nezam, PLO

Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services,

Ministry of Economy Building, 4th and 5th floor,

Malik Asghar Square,

Kabul, Afghanistan

Mobile No.: 0093 (0)775215841

Email:  arindam.lai@xxxxxxxxxxx   copied to farid.nezam@xxxxxxxxxxx


(The REOI can be downloaded free from our web site www.ards.org.af )













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