Poseidon Resources (Surfside) LLC, developer and owner of the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project (“Project”), today announced it is seeking qualified firms and/or teams to serve as the Owner’s Engineer for the Project. The 50 million-gallon-per-day Project is proposed to be built on approximately twelve acres located adjacent to the AES Corporation’s (AES) Huntington Beach Generating Station (“HBGS”). The Project is in the final phase of the permitting process and has secured local and state permits and approvals including a certified California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) report and an approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit (Order No. R8-2012-0007; NPDES CA8000403). Poseidon has applied for a Coastal Development Permit (“CDP”) from the California Coastal Commission and expects the Commission to consider approval of the permit later this year. Approval of the CDP is the final permit necessary to commence Project construction, anticipated for second half 2013.
The Request for Qualification (“RFQ”) is intended to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams that are capable of performing a variety of Owner’s Engineering support services. These services may include, but are not limited to:
The successful applicant shall be capable of providing the above support services in the context of the Owner’s Engineering-Procurement-Construction (“EPC”) contract approach, where Project services are provided on a turnkey, fixed-fee, fixed-schedule approach, and financing is provided within a non-recourse, project financed structure.
Phase One of the scope of work is focused to the development of new contract, bid and scope documents for the Project’s EPC contractor selection process and the EPC process. The Phase One scope will extend approximately six months resulting in a fourth quarter 2012 issuance of the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) from qualified EPC teams. The successful team is expected to review Poseidon’s current documentation for the Huntington Beach project, interview Poseidon management and other parties, incorporate their own concepts for EPC bidding, and issue a draft document package in three months.
Phase Two and future phases of the Owner’s Engineer scope of work include the management of the EPC process up to and through commercial operation of the seawater desalination facility. Qualified firms/teams that wish to be considered or perform Phase One of the Owner’s Engineer scope of work are not precluded from participating as a bidder in the EPC process. Future phases of the Owner’s Engineer services will be defined for specific scope and fee task orders.
Qualified firms/teams interested in serving as the Owner’s Engineer should have relevant seawater desalination experience and a proven track record of building qualified teams of engineers, process providers, heavy civil contractors, construction and commissioning managers, and business, legal and financial professionals. The term of the Owner’s Engineer support services to Poseidon is expected to last 4-5 years.
The statement of qualifications returned to Poseidon should include:
Interested firms should identify the location of their headquarter office; provide a current-year fee schedule for the project, and a budget for Phase One of the scope of work.
Selection of the successful firm/team will be based on Poseidon’s opinion of:
A complete printed copy of the statement of qualifications and one CD of the statement of qualifications should be returned via mail to:
501 West Broadway, Suite 2020
San Diego, CA 92101
Attention: Scott Maloni, Vice President of Development
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."