Romania renewables assessment includes hydro

The government of Romania invites applications for pre-qualification to assess the technical and economic potential for renewable energy sources in Romania, including small hydropower. Responses are due September 18.

Romania seeks an assessment that includes pre-conditions required for the implementation of a renewable energy source strategy. The project is to cover renewables including small hydropower, and solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy sources.

Particular emphasis is to be placed on identifying barriers to renewables development and ways to overcome them. The assessment also is to identify legislative and regulatory gaps, licensing and procedural complexities, economic and financing issues, and other aspects of development.

The project has a maximum budget of 400,000 euros (US$511,700). The work is expected to begin in February 2007 and take 12 months to complete.

Applications for pre-qualification must be submitted using a standard application form available from the European Union Internet site, http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm.

Applications in English are due by mail or hand delivery to the address below by 4 p.m. September 18. The envelope must be marked with the contract title and publication reference, Phare � technical and economic potential of RES in Romania, EuropeAid/123255/D/SER/RO.

The Ministry of Public Finance expects to invite between four and eight pre-qualified firms to submit tenders in November.

For information, contact Daniela Tala, Project Officer, Central Finance and Contracts Unit, Ministry of Public Finance, 44 Mircea Voda Boulevard, Entrance B, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania; (40) 21-3265555; Fax: (40) 21-3268730.

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