Europe bank seeks consultants for energy investments including hydro

LONDON 11/30/11 (PennWell) -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help prepare energy investment programs in its countries of operation including hydropower programs. Responses are due December 13.

EBRD, which finances projects from central Europe to central Asia, actively supports the development of the renewable energy sector as part of its objective to improve the environmental performance and long-term stability of the power sector.

The bank currently seeks technical audits, projects review, and projects preparation under its Sustainable Development of the Power Sector Program. The program is to prepare the most appropriate investment programs that will strengthen the security of energy supply at affordable energy prices for consumers, with the highest possible resource efficiency and reduced environmental effects.

EBRD plans to contract up to five consulting firms through framework agreements over 24 months with a total budget of 2.75 million euros (US$3.67 million). The budget for individual sub-assignments under the framework is expected to be about 75,000 euros (US$100,179).

Projects are expected to include new construction or reconstruction and modernization of facilities covering the entire energy utilities sector, including hydropower and thermal generation, grid-connected renewables, transmission systems, and gas and power distribution. Consultants are to help develop and review investment programs, perform technical and financial analysis, and provide guidance on procurement and project management.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site,

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English not to exceed 4 MB, are to be submitted by December 13 using EBRD's electronic consultant selection Internet site, eSelection,

For information, contact Yvonne Wilkinson, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, United Kingdom; (44) 20-73387123; Fax: (44) 20-73387451; E-mail:; Internet:

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