Consultants sought for Azerbaijan small hydro pilot program

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare a power sector development investment program in Azerbaijan that would include a small hydropower pilot program and improvements in transmission and distribution. Responses are due February 12.

ADB approved US$1 million in technical assistance to Azerenergy Joint Stock Co. to prepare a multi-tranche financing facility for power sector development investment that will contribute to economic development in Azerbaijan. (HNN 11/25/08)

The investment program is to focus on promoting pilot small hydropower development in the remote and underdeveloped rural region to supplement energy balance. It also is to help strengthen the transmission and distribution network to improve power supply reliability, reduce transmission and distribution losses, and enhance energy efficiency. The program also is to provide policy support, institutional restructuring, and capacity building.

ADB said the project preparation technical assistance funding is intended to establish: a power sector roadmap and investment program; Azerenergy restructuring and business plan; program design and financing approved by the government and ADB; and a feasibility study and due diligence agreement.

A total of 40 person-months are required including consultants with expertise in power system planning, hydropower development, distribution loss reduction, economics, and financial analysis and management. The budget for the work is US$800,000.

Information on the solicitation is on the ADB Internet site at http://csrn.adb.org:8080/csrn/publicNoticeList.htm?projectNo=42401&projectSeqNo=01&projectTypeCd=2&listingNo=T1&pageSource=MainPage. Terms of reference are available on the same site.

Expressions of interest may be submitted by February 12 via the ADB Internet site at https://csrn.adb.org:9443/csrn/login.jsp. Under a tentative schedule, a short list of prospective bidders would be named by February 13. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.

The ADB project officer is Tianhua Luo, Infrastructure Division, CWRD, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326388; E-mail: tlou@adb.org.

For information, contact Islam Rafibeyli, Head, Foreign Economic Relations Department, Azerenergy Joint Stock Co., 10, Ac. Abdulkerim Alizade St., Baku, AZ 1005 Azerbaijan.

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