UPDATE – Macedonia extends consultant deadline for renewables program

Macedonia’s Energy Agency reissued two solicitations to consultants for a sustainable energy development program that includes strong potential for small hydropower. The deadline for expressions of interest was extended to October 1 from September 26.

With a grant from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility, the government seeks to change Macedonia’s unfavorable investment and incentive conditions for energy efficiency and renewable energy. (HNN 9/19/07)

Program documents say Macedonia has indigenous resources including small hydropower, geothermal, biomass, and wind resources. They said there about 400 small hydro sites throughout the country that could generate up to 20 percent of the country’s electricity requirements.

Macedonia’s Ministry of Economy previously announced it planned to seek bids in September for concessions to develop 27 hydropower projects of up to 5 MW each. (HNN 8/3/07)

The sustainable energy development program documents said the Ministry of Economy has developed a pipeline of four small projects of from 500 kW to 5 MW proposed by public sector entities and 11 mini-hydro projects of from 100 kW to 1 MW proposed by private investors. However, the projects suffer from institutional constraints including water rights restrictions and limited access to finance.

In one solicitation, for Contract C1.2.1, the Energy Agency seeks expressions of interest from consultants to serve as team leader and sustainable energy expert for the Project Development Assistance Facility. Among qualifications, the consultant must have in-depth knowledge of the Macedonia energy sector and fluency in at least one of Macedonia’s official languages.

In the other solicitation, for Contract C1.1.1, the Energy Agency seeks expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a rule book for guarantee of origin of electricity produced from renewable energy sources.

Expressions of interest for both solicitations are due by 4 p.m. October 1 to the address below. For information, contact Energy Agency of the Republic of Macedonia, Sustainable Energy Unit, Attn.: Halit Bekteshi, Acting Director, Zeleznicka bb, Skopje, Macedonia; (389) 2-3298907; Fax: (389) 2-3298909; E-mail: halit.bekteshi@ea.gov.mk.

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