Ukraine hydro program includes wholesale market work

The government of the Ukraine seeks consultants to help implement a national wholesale electricity market as part of a hydropower rehabilitation program. Responses are due August 15.

Employing a US$106 million loan from the World Bank, the government of the Ukraine is carrying out a hydropower rehabilitation program to improve operational stability and reliability of hydroelectric plants. Previously, Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo sought bids for governors for six hydroelectric projects.

The latest solicitation includes determining the most appropriate market design for the wholesale market and a transition path, and identifying conditions and arrangements needed for successful implementation. It also includes drafting necessary laws, rules, and agreements to enable the market to be put into effect, and specifying the necessary supporting infrastructure. The project is to be implemented from 2006-2009.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by August 15 to the address below. For information, contact Department Head Valeriy Tsaplin, National Energy Regulatory Commission of the Ukraine, Department for Strategic Planning and Energy Markets Development, 19 Smolenska St., 03680 Kyiv, Ukraine; (380) 44-4547016; Fax: (380) 44-4547072; E-mail: mishchenko@nerc.gov.ua; Internet: www.nerc.gov.ua.

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