EU seeks consultant for Russian renewables, small hydro program

The European Commission (EU) invites applications for pre-qualification from consultants to assist a program of renewable energy policy and small hydro rehabilitation in Russia. Responses are due March 30.

Working under the European Union-Russia Energy Dialogue, the program intends to improve investment opportunities in Russia’s energy sector and to promote energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. (HNN 3/13/06) The program has a budget of 2 million euros (US$2.6 million) under the EU’s Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS) program.

The EU seeks a consultant to help the Russian government develop a policy for the use of renewable energy sources at Russia’s federal level and in selected pilot regions. Beginning in September, the consultant would spend 24 months helping develop targets and an action plan for the generation of electricity from renewable sources. Issues include pricing, grid access, and administration.

Applications must be submitted in English using a standard application form available on the Internet at http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm. A short-list of four to eight firms is to be invited to bid in April.

Applications must be hand delivered, including courier services, to the address below by 4 p.m. Moscow time March 30. Applications must be labeled with the contract title, �TACIS � Renewable energy policy and the rehabilitation of small-scale hydropower plants,� and the publication reference EuropeAid/122763/C/SER/RU.

For information, contact Boris Iarochevitch, Head of Finance and Contract Section, Delegation of the European Commission to Russia, Kadashevskaya Nab, 14/1, 119017 Moscow, Russia. Tender information is available on the EU’s Internet site, http://ted.europa.eu, under English, Normal Search, by inserting the publication reference above in the Full Text window.

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