UPDATE – New deadline for consultants to aid Bhutan hydro

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has extended a deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to help Bhutan promote hydropower development for economic growth and for export.

ADB said the new “anticipated deadline” for electronic submission of expressions of interest is September 17, extended from September 10. (HNN 8/12/08)

ADB is considering providing US$1.48 million in technical assistance to Bhutan’s Department of Energy to enhance its Promotion of Clean Power Export Development program.

The technical assistance is to result in strategy and an action plan to broaden financing avenues for future large hydropower projects for Bhutan’s Druk Green Power Corp. (DGPC) and Druk Holding Investment. (HNN 7/22/08) It also would build capacity of DGPC to manage development of commercial hydropower projects involving private and foreign investments. Another goal is to build capacity of the Department of Energy to implement hydropower development policy.

ADB plans to recruit consultants for 40 international person-months and 10 national person-months with expertise in investment, power sector management, information systems, financial management, procurement, institutional and human resources, regulatory and legal aspects, and environmental and social safeguards.

ADB completed a fact-finding mission in May. The consultant recruitment schedule is subject to final ADB approval of the project.

Information on the solicitation is on the ADB Internet site at www.adb.org/Projects/project.asp?id=37399. Terms of reference are available on the same site. Expressions of interest may be submitted by September 10 via the ADB Internet site at http://csrn.adb.org:8080/csrn/login.jsp.

Under a revised tentative schedule, a short list of prospective bidders would be named by September 18. Work would tentatively be scheduled to begin January 1.

The ADB project officer is Kaoru Ogino, Energy Division, SARD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326211; E-mail: kogino@adb.org; Internet: www.adb.org.

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