EU to assist small hydro rehab in Russia

The European Commission (EU) predicts it will contract for consultants later this year to assist in renewable energy policy and rehabilitation of small hydropower plants in Russia.

The EU issued an individual service contract forecast, indicating a procurement notice would be issued in the second quarter of 2006 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.

A budget of 2 million euros (US$2.37 million) is expected to be available under the EU’s Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS) program.

Work would include development of a policy at Russia’s federal level for the use of renewable energy sources, plus development of targeted regional renewable energy policies in selected pilot regions.

The advance notice said no applications or requests for information should be sent at this stage. The European Commission’s EuropeAid tender information is available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/europeaid/index_en.htm.

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