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The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) on Behalf of the FDRE Invites International Eligible Contractors (including All Members of a Joint Venture and All Subcontractors of Bidders) for the Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project.



  1. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) has applied for financing Ta from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) for the Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project. 
  2. The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) on Behalf of the FDRE invites international eligible Contractors (including all members of a joint venture and all Subcontractors of bidders) for the Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project. 
  3. In general, the proposed Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project consists of upgrading of the existing gravel road to Asphalt Concrete Surfacing to ER DCS standard. The project road is located in the Oromia National Regional state in the south western part of Ethiopia. The project is an existing 95 km long gravel road which starts at Shambu town that is located on the Baku – Shambu – Agemsa link road and terminates at Agemsa town which is situated on the Nekemt – Bure road. Shambu town is about 303 km from Addis Ababa via the Addis Ababa – Ambo – Bako road. The terrain classification of the project road indicates that 2.13% of it passes through flat terrain while 82.51%, 14.22% and 1.04% of it traverses through rolling, mountainous and escarpment terrains respectively. The project road is designed as a two-way two-lane carriageway with a DC 6 road standard (As per ERA’s Geometric design Manual-2013). The total length of the designed road is 95.25 km to be Constructed in Asphalt Concrete Surfacing of 5cm thickness for the Carriageway and also involving the Construction & Rehabilitation of Two Bridges of 22 and 14ms lengths, respectively, each having 10m widths. It will have a total of 7.0 m carriageway width with 3.5 m wide parking lane on its each side for Zonal and Woreda Seats and 2.5 m wide parking lane on its each side for Kebele Seats. The Zonal and Woreda Seats will also have 2.5 m wide footway on both sides of the road. Furthermore, the Zonal Seats will have 2.5m and Woreda seat Im wide median. In rural Sections, the project road will have 1.5 m wide shoulder for flat and rolling terrain sections and 0.5 m wide shoulder for mountainous and escarpment terrain sections. The surfacing of the shoulders is designed to be Double Bituminous Surface Treatment (DBST) for all the rural sections of the project road. The town sections will have side ditches on both sides of the road. Time of completion of the project is 1278 Calendar days including mobilization period of 120 calendar days. 
  4. Eligible Applicants may obtain further information from, and inspect and acquire the Bidding Documents, at: 


Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) 

Ras Abebe Aregay Street 

ERA Headoffice, New Building Block B, 

1s Floor, Office No. 105, 

P.O. Box 1770 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Tel. No. +251-11-515 10 87/515-04-19 

Fax No.(251 11) 551-48-66/554 44 34 

5. Bidders may obtain a complete set of bidding documents at the above office starting from July 27, 2020 and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of 300 US$ (Three Hundred Sixty US dollars) or 10,000 ETB (Ten Thousand Ethiopian Birr). Payment shall be made in cash, bank certified check or telegraphic transfer to the Employer’s Bank Account in the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia-Sengatera Branch through Account No. 01715-33144600. The document will be sent by registered airmail if required so by the bidder but under no circumstances will the procuring entity be held responsible for late delivery or loss of the documents so mailed. 

6. Bidding will be conducted through the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedure specified in the bidding documents, and is open to all eligible bidders. The minimum General and Specific Construction Experience is as shown below: 

ig Table 6.1: Construction Works of Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading 

Item No.


Qualification Criteria

Minimum Requirement


Annual Construction Turnover

USD 50.0 Million (Average Construction Turnover)


Liquid Asset /Cash Flow

USD 10.0 Million


General Construction Experience

10 Years firm Experience in Construction


Specification construction project experience

Specific Two (2) new Asphalt Concrete (AC) road construction or rehaConstruction bilitation or upgrading each with a value of USD 53.0 Million Project Expe-within the last ten (10) years that has been successfully and subrience stantially completed (80% Completed)


Specific Construction Experience in Key Ac tivities



Item Description






Earthwork; Cut & Borrow to Fill, Cut to Spoil and Intermediate/ Rock Excavation)




Crushed Sub base




Crushed Stone base





Asphalt Concrete (AC) Surface




7. The bidding procedure to be followed is a two-envelope procedure. The post-qualification documents and financial offers should be sealed in two separate envelopes. The first envelope containing the post-qualification application and bid security is clearly marked “Post Qualification Application and Bid Security” and the second envelope that contains the offer is marked “Submission of Offer” for the Construction Works of Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project respectively and the two envelopes shall also be enclosed by an outer envelope marked “Post Qualification Application and offer for Construction Works of Shambu – Agemsa Road Upgrading Project. 

Evaluation is also to be carried out in two stages, the post qualification application and the bid security will be opened first and the qualification evaluation will be undertaken. The bid that are responsive to the minimum post qualification criteria will be opened for further evaluation. The offers of those bidders who fail the minimum qualification criteria shall be returned unopened after the award of contract. 

8. All bids must be accompanied by a security in the form and amount specified in the bidding documents, and delivered to: Director General, 2nd Floor, Conference Room Ethiopian Roads Authority, Ras Abebe Aregay Street P. O. Box 1770, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia On /or before September 29, 2020 @ 2:30 P.M. Local Time. 

The Bids shall be prepared in one original and four Bids must be accompanied by a bid security of USD 1,000,000.00 (United States Dollar: One Million) or Equivalent in a format acceptable to the Employer. Late bids will be rejected. Post-Qualification Application and Bid security of the bidders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the Procurement Endorsing Committee and bidders’ representatives who choose to attend on the final date and time of bid submission and at the address stated here above. 

9.The Ethiopian Roads Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. 


Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), Ras Abebe Aregay Street 

ERA Headoffice, New Building Block B, 1st Floor, Office No. 105, 

P.O. Box 1770, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Tel.No. +251-11-515 10 871 515-04-19 

Fax No. (251 11) 551-48-66/554 44 34