Bosnia seeks environmental assessment, promotion of hydro

On behalf of Bosnia’s Serb Republic government, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) seeks expressions of interest from consultants to implement an environmental assessment and to help promote hydropower projects on the Vrbas and Bosna rivers. Responses are due May 1.

With funding from the Swiss Technical Cooperation Fund, EBRD has a budget of 150,000 euros (US$238,373) to hire a consultant registered in Switzerland. Up to 25 percent of the final contract value may be used to retain local experts.

EBRD seeks a consultant to support the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementation of a strategic environmental assessment to contribute to decision making, specifically in the development of hydro projects in the Vrbas and Bosna basins. It funded a similar effort in 2007 for the Cetina and Trebizat rivers. (HNN 11/19/07)

In January, Bosnia’s Serb Republic government named Norwegian utility Statkraft its partner in the construction of hydropower plants on the Vrbas River that could cost up to 100 million euros (US$147.8 million). (HNN 1/30/08)

The consultant is to provide a forum for stakeholders, provide potential investors information on appropriate locations and types of hydro facilities, assist in appraising project proposals, and identify obstacles and benefits. Work is to require 12 months.

Expressions of interest in English are to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (United Kingdom time) May 1 via EBRD’s eSelection site on the Internet at https://eselection.ebrd.com. For information, contact Johan Bert, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73387030; E-mail: bertj@ebrd.com; Internet: www.ebrd.com.

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