Consultants sought to study hydro in Georgia’s Aragvi Basin

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study potential hydropower development and to assist in reviewing projects in Georgia’s Aragvi River Basin. Responses are due October 24.

With funding from the Austrian Technical Assistance Cooperation Fund, EBRD invites applications from Austrian firms, although up to 25 percent of the contract amount may be fulfilled by Georgia firms. The maximum budget for the 12 months’ work is 150,000 euros (US$204,390).

The consulting firm is to support Georgia’s Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in implementation of a strategic environmental assessment of the Aragvi Basin. EBRD said the assessment is to �provide the environmental dimension� to hydropower development plans and to contribute to the overall decision-making process for small and medium-sized hydro projects in the basin.

The consultant is to help provide a basis for subsequent development and appraisal of specific hydro sector investment projects. It also is to provide a forum for stakeholders in the process.

Work includes providing potential future investors information on the most appropriate location and type of hydropower projects, and assisting in the appraisal of developer proposals. The consultant also is to identify technical obstacles, such as grid connections, and potential windfall benefits, such as carbon credits.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, not exceeding 20 pages, are to be submitted in English by 11:59 p.m. United Kingdom time, October 24. Submissions must be made via EBRD’s eSelection site on the Internet at https://eselection.ebrd.com. For information, contact William Power, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73386409; E-mail: powerw@ebrd.com; Internet: www.ebrd.com.

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