A company jointly led by a former Exxon researcher and a one-time U.S. government official recently secured a contract to assess potential U.S. investments into Libyan industry, specifically the power-generation sector.
The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA), an independent White House entity, selected Energy Markets Group (EMG) to carry out a “definitional mission,” or DM, to Libya. EMG will travel to Libya, evaluate that industry segment, and craft a report for USTDA either recommending or rejecting possible “investments” of additional funds to boost Libyan modernization efforts.
EMG’s president is Ahmad Ghamarian, formerly an Exxon Research and Engineering Company staffer. Ghamarian prior to that had been a project engineer for a Tehran-based company that designs “power-generation projects for the Iranian onshore/offshore oil industry,” according to his corporate bio.
EMG founding member James B. Sullivan formerly was an associate assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Clinton Administration. “As such he helped develop strategy and design foreign policy for U.S. assistance programs abroad,” his bio says. “Previously, Dr. Sullivan was the Director of the USAID Office of Energy (1986-1997) (and Deputy Director 1984 -1986).”
As previously reported, the endeavor is one of four industry specific DMs that USTDA is planning for Libya.
The agency’s stated purpose behind the sector evaluations is to increase “strategic opportunities for the utilization of U.S. goods, services, and technologies as the country rebuilds its economy…”
USTDA is paying $80,000 to EMG for the Libyan DM. Although it awarded the contract May 3, the agency did not upload the award to the FedBizOpps database until today.
Source document: Contract award #TDA-CO201220065.