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USTDA PROMOTES TSUNAMI RECONSTRUCTION IN INDONESIA
Nearly $2 Million in Grants
Awarded in the Energy and Transportation Sectors
JAKARTA, INDONESIA – (September 23,
2005) Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded
$1,992,950 for tsunami-related reconstruction efforts in the energy and
transportation sectors in Indonesia. The funding is comprised of five
separate grants that support Indonesian efforts to rebuild and improve
infrastructure in Aceh Province of northern Sumatra following the
December 2004 earthquakes and tsunami. Mr. Henry Steingass, USTDA
Regional Director for Asia, conferred the grants in signing ceremonies
held in Jakarta. Senior representatives of the Government of Indonesia
and state-owned enterprises signed the grants on behalf of recipient
development in Aceh is the focus of three of the USTDA grants awarded
today. The first two grants, valued at $589,000 and $327,300,
respectively, were awarded to PT Pertamina (Persero), Indonesia’s
state-owned oil company. The first grant agreement was signed by Mr.
Hari Kustoro, Corporate Senior Vice President for Upstream, on behalf of
Pertamina and provides partial funding for a study intended to assess
the technical and economic feasibility of developing a geothermal power
plant at Seulawah Agam in Aceh. Pertamina has selected Stone and
Webster of Boston, Massachusetts to conduct the feasibility study. In
addition to the USTDA grant, Stone and Webster will contribute
additional resources toward the completion of the study.
second USTDA grant to Pertamina was signed by Mr. Ari H. Soemarno,
Corporate Senior Vice President for Marketing and Trading, and will fund
a feasibility study on the requirements for repairing, modernizing, and
potentially relocating the heavily damaged Krueng Raya and Meulaboh fuel
depots in Aceh Province. Petramina will compete the opportunity to
conduct the study among interested U.S. firms.
third energy-related grant, valued at $394,650, was awarded to PT PLN,
Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company, for a feasibility study on
the construction and upgrade of power transmission lines in Aceh
necessary because of the large-scale destruction of transmission and
distribution assets in the tsunami impact zone. Dr. Herman Darnel
Ibrahim, PT PLN Senior Vice President for Transmission and Distribution,
signed the grant agreement for the grant recipient. PT PLN will
competitively select the U.S. firm that will conduct the study.
funding is also supporting improvements in Indonesia’s transportation
sector and two separate grants were awarded to support the country’s
initiatives in Aceh road infrastructure. The grants, in the amount of
$370,000 and $312,000, respectively, were awarded to the Ministry of
Public Works of Indonesia and were signed by Mr. Hendrianto. N, Director
General of Highways on behalf of the Ministry.
first grant agreement will fund a feasibility study on construction and
improvement needs for secondary and feeder roads in Aceh. The second
USTDA grant awarded to the Ministry of Public Works will finance
technical assistance on improving road maintenance and management in
Aceh. Specifically, the study will help identify practices and
technologies that will protect critical road assets, including the new
Banda Aceh to Meulaboh road. The Ministry of Public Works will compete
the opportunities to perform the studies among interested U.S. firms.
year, USTDA has identified 17 projects related to tsunami reconstruction
efforts in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India that are eligible
for potential grant funding by the agency. These projects amount to
over $6 million in collaborative efforts in energy, emergency
communication, transportation, and environmental projects that offer
significant opportunities for U.S. commercial involvement.
The competitive contracting
opportunities associated with the USTDA grants awarded today will be
announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fedbizopps.gov).
Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the
instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities
announcements. The Indonesian grant recipients will select the U.S.
firms that will provide the USTDA-funded assistance associated with the
specific USTDA grants that they received.
The U.S. Trade and Development
Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in
developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms
of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation
visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern
infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s
strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment
policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling
environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.
In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors
that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.