Bank seeks Armenia system stability due to new small hydro

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop reliability indicators for the Armenia power system as a result of growth in small hydropower projects in the country. Responses are due June 8.

The government of Armenia recruited consultants in 2010 to recommend financing options for development of renewable energy projects, including the 60-MW Loriberd hydroelectric project. Now the World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC) is developing reliability indicators for power system operation. IFC approved a US$15 million loan in 2010 to help finance the development of small hydro projects in Armenia.

The bank said the government's energy strategy has resulted in growth of small hydropower plants and other renewable energy generators. However, the unregulated nature of that generation has made it necessary to ensure the reliability and secure operation of the power system.

The bank now seeks consultants to develop reliability indicators whose application will increase reliability, stability, and secure operation of the system.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English of less than 5 MB, are to be submitted by June 8 via the World Bank Group's eConsultant2 Internet site below. The bank plans to invite a short-list of firms to submit proposals.

For information, see the eConsultant2 Internet site,, Bidding Opportunities, Selection No. 1036159.

For more hydropower tenders, click here.

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