Bank seeks study of designing hydro to anticipate climate change

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to evaluate the integration of climate change consideration into the design of hydroelectric projects. Responses are due February 9.

Because climate change is expected to affect the hydrological cycle, it could affect water resources and hydropower generation. The Latin America energy organization, Organizacion Latinoamericana de Energia, recruited consultants in December to study the vulnerability of Central America hydroelectric systems to the effects of climate change.

With funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the World Bank now seeks consultants to review best practices for planning hydropower facilities under uncertainty about current and future climate, focusing on capacity determination and safety issues.

Consultants also are to model the effect of hydrological data quality, and of anticipated future climate change, on hydropower plant design and economics. Work also includes an evaluation of the adequacy with which recent World Bank-supported hydropower projects have incorporated climate change considerations into facility design.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are to be submitted by February 9 via the World Bank Group’s eConsultant2 Internet site below. Total size of all attachments should be less than 5 megabytes. A short-list of qualified firms is to be invited to submit proposals.

For information, see the eConsultant2 Internet site,, Bidding Opportunities, Selection No. 1026665.

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