World Bank seeks consultant for hydro rehab case studies

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to compile case studies of hydropower rehabilitation to examine success factors, major barriers, and complexities in hydro rehabilitation investment. Responses are due September 29.

The bank noted its hydropower portfolio includes new storage projects, new small and run-of-river hydro, and rehabilitation of existing facilities.

�While rehabilitation is not a replacement for new facilities, it does have certain advantages including shorter project preparation and development time, cost-effectiveness, lower risk profile, and the possibility of improving environmental and social conditions,� the bank said. �Yet little is known about the practical issues surrounding rehabilitation in developing countries.�

The bank said rehabilitation covers a range of activities including: restoration, retrieving original capability by repairing or replacing infrastructure components; upgrading, increasing capability through new technology, equipment, or design; redesign, realigning functions and services to meet emerging demands and market/system opportunities; and reoperation, different management of water resources.

The World Bank and its International Finance Corp. unit seek consultants to explore key success factors, major barriers, and complexities in hydro rehabilitation investment through a series of case studies. Work is to focus on good practice rehabilitation projects to identify important lessons, as well as technical, environmental, social, and institutional barriers.

The bank said the scope of work might be expanded to include examination of innovative financing options, emphasizing private or public/private arrangements. It also might include identification of specific project opportunities in Latin America and Africa subject to funding and skills of candidate consultants. Work is to be completed by June 2009.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, must be submitted by September 29, electronically via the World Bank Group eConsultant Internet site, www.worldbank.org/wbgeconsultant. The bank plans to compile a short list of companies to be invited to submit proposals.

For information, see on the Internet http://econsult/worldbank.org/suite/public/viewpublishednotifications.do and choose Selection No. 100018705, or contact Ms. Daryl Fields, (1) 202-458-8740, E-mail: dfields@worldbank.org; or Mr. Lars Odegard, (1) 202-473-9160, E-mail: lodegard@worldbank.org.

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