Bosnia to recruit consultants for hydro rehab

The utilities of Bosnia and Herzegovina are to recruit consultants for hydro project rehabilitation and other work under a program to integrate the Balkan nation into the Energy Community of South East Europe (ECSEE).

The World Bank’s International Development Association has approved a US$36 million credit to facilitate Bosnia’s participation in ECSEE by financing rehabilitation and upgrading of hydroelectric and thermal power stations, upgrading of transmission and distribution systems, and providing technical assistance.

The program also is to include funding of US$66.9 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, US$115.9 million from the European Investment Bank, US$44.9 million from Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), and US$8.6 million from the borrowing country.

The program envisions investments including improvements in dam safety, replacement of aging facilities and equipment at hydropower and thermal power plants, distribution system improvements, and technical and market system support. Specific work includes leakage repair at hydro dams, rehabilitation of the Kukovi landslide at the 29.19-MW Jablanica hydropower plant, spillway capacity augmentation at 110-MW Bocac Dam, and rehabilitation, replacement, or enlargement of supporting equipment at hydropower stations.

For information, contact:
o General Manager Enver Kreso, Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zmaja od Bosne 15, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; (387) 33-277500; Fax: (387) 33-751002; Fax: (387) 33-751005; Internet: www.elektroprivreda.ba;
o Vlado Maric, Elektroprivreda Hrvatske Zajednice Herceg-Bosne, Mile Budaka 106a, 9900 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; (387) 36-310847; Fax: (387) 36-317157;
o Pantelija Dakic, Eektroprivreda Republike Srpske, Luke Vukalovica 3, 89101 Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina; (387) 59-260091; Fax: (387) 59-277120.

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