Invitation for Pre-Qualification at the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF)

Posted by Future on Mon 10th Jan, 2022 -

The Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF) invites credible and interested construction firm(s) to indicate interest by tendering pre-qualification documents for the following works:

The Solid Minerals Development Fund ("SMDF" or the "Fund") is a Government-owned Fund established to drive investments in Nigeria's mining sector. The Fund was established in 2007 by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the 2007 Minerals and Mining Act, SMDF is a unique government funding vehicle focused on driving critical interventions that maximize the recovery and impact of capital deployed. One of the main objectives of the Solid Minerals Development Fund is to provide infrastructure in mines land.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Invitation for Pre-Qualification for the Engagement of a Construction Firm to Execute Civil Structures for Mines Development and Production

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a strategic investment by the Solid Minerals Development Fund in the mining and development of industrial applications of brine deposits.

  • The civil structures will enhance the economic viability of the investment.
Scope of Work
The civil structures will assist in resisting the lateral pressure of soils across the mining site and facilitate the mining and development of deposits

Required Qualifications and Experience
The SMDF will enter into a single contract to deliver the works specified in the designs, specifications, and Bill of Quantities (BOQ):
  • The Firm must be a single legal entity with all necessary expertise secured via subcontract or joint venture arrangement.
  • The skills and experience required of the Firm should include, among other things, knowledge concerning:
    • Complex water diversion structures and mining projects
Selection Method

The Assignment/Service shall be procured in accordance with the Bureau of Public Procurement Standard Bidding Document for the Procurement of Works.

Eligibility Requirements
All respondents to this Pre-qualification are required to provide the following documents/information in line with Section 16(6) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, as a basis for pre-qualification:
  • Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7;
  • Evidence of Firm's Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years valid till 31" December 2021;
  • Evidence of Pension Clearance Certificate valid till 31" December 2021 (applicable where a number of staff is at least 15);
  • Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31" December 2021 (applicable where number of staff is at least 5 or at least N50m turnover).
  • Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31" December 2021.
  • Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report(IRR) expiring on 31/12/2021 or valid Certificate issued by BPP.
  • Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Solid Minerals Development Fund or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any financial interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correction all particulars.
  • Company's Audited Accounts for the last three (3)years-2018, 2019,2020:.
  • Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria indicating a willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed.
  • Company's Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic Professional qualifications.
  • Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) years, including Letters of Awards, Valuation Certificates, Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the projects.
  • Verifiable list of major construction equipment and facilities, including locations and remarks on owned, leased, or hired.
  • For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, Tax.Clearance Certificate Pension Clearance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Clearance Certificate, IRR & Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV partner) Certificate of Incorporation and Tax applicable to foreign firms.
  • All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm's Letter
  • Head Paper bearing, amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the Firm.
Application Closing Date
12:00 Noon (Nigerian Time), 24th January, 2022.

Opening of Pre-Qualification Documents
Pre-qualification documents will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon (Nigerian Time) on 24 January 2022, at the address stated below.

Submission of Pre-Qualification

Pre-qualification Documents, which must be prepared in English Language, and should be submitted in Seven (7) copies (one of which must be marked original copy) in a sealed envelope clearly marked "Pre-Qualification for the Engagement of a Construction Firm to Execute Civil Structures for Mines Development and Production" addressed and deliered to:
The Chief Procurement Officer,
Solid Minerals Development Fund,
16 Yedseram Street,
Maitama - (FCT) Abuja.

Additional Information
Please note the following additional information:
  • Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the bidder.
  • Bids submitted after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened.
  • All costs will be borne by the bidders.
  • Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording (invitation link will be sent to bidders) with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti-Corruption Transparency.
  • Bidders can submit through Post (Courier Services).
  • Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals.
  • The SMDF is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.