European bank seeks consultants for Kazakhstan renewable energy development plan, including hydro

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advance a renewable energy development plan in Kazakhstan that includes hydropower. Responses are due July 16.

EBRD approved in 2008 a US$75 million lending framework to Kazakhstan for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects potentially including hydro. The Ministry of Industry and New Technology said earlier this year that Kazakhstan would soon benefit from more than 200 MW of additional installed capacity produced by 17 new hydropower projects. Kazakh utility Kazkhmys and Russia's RusHydro agreed last year to build up to 300 MW of small hydroelectric plants in Kazakhstan.

EBRD now seeks consultants to provide capacity building and project preparation support for the Kazakhstan Renewable Energy Financing Facility. The government seeks to increase renewable energy, including hydropower, to 1 percent of total energy consumption by 2014.

The bank seeks consultants to market the renewable energy facility, draft a developers handbook, ensure effective screening of projects, support potential borrowers in identifying appropriate investments, ensure compliance with EBRD environmental and social policy, and establish efficient monitoring of the program.

The work is to require 36 months beginning in October at an estimated cost of $4.37 million euros (US$5.78 million).

With funding from the Japan-EBRD TC Fund (formerly the Japan-Europe Cooperation Fund), it is required that at least 25 percent of the total budget shall finance services by Japanese firms or individuals.

Expressions of interest are to include experience, qualifications and a completed contact sheet that may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site under www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

Expressions of interest in English are due by July 16, via EBRD's eSelection website, https://eselection.ebrd.com/suite.

For information, contact Maria Haugh, Principal Adviser, Technical Cooperation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73387185; E-mail: haughm@ebrd.com; Internet: www.ebrd.com.

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