As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor reported late last year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to provide an unspecified level of financial support to build the 47 kilometer natural-gas pipeline in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The agency claims that the Kutaisi-Abasha project, as it is known, will provide “energy security” in the region.
The endeavor as originally described was to promote the development of the Poti Free Industrial Zone on the Black Sea coast, “and secure power exports through reliability related infrastructure improvements," USAID said in the initial solicitation.
Despite releasing some details about the infrastructure project, additional research was needed to discover that the Poti FIZ is owned by UAE’s Ras al-Khaimah monarchy.
USAID today issued a Special Notice to potential contractors alerting them to the project—which now has a different solicitation number (#KUAB47-GW07) and instead refers to the construction of a the “Abasha-Senaki” pipeline extension.
The notice refers interested parties to a link leading to the website of the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation.
Contractors must submit their bids to the company from June 18-22.