Consultants recruited to help develop Samoa energy policy

Consultants are invited to submit expressions of interest to assist Samoa in the development of a national energy policy with a focus on renewable energy. Responses are due by April 30.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing US$19.5 million in technical assistance funding to the Pacific island nation, sourced from Finland, US$350,000; Japan, US$600,000; and Australia, US$900,000. ADB previously funded Samoa’s comprehensive power sector expansion program, focusing on hydropower and other renewables to reduce the burden of diesel fuel imports. (HNN 10/26/06)

International and domestic experts are being recruited for a total of 12.5 person-months. Consultants sought include a clean energy sector specialist, a financial management specialist, and a communications and outreach expert. They are to help the Samoa Ministry of Finance establish a clean energy fund, a designated national authority, and a pipeline of potential energy projects.

Expressions of interest may be submitted via the ADB Internet site, www.adb.org, under Opportunities/Business Opportunities/Consulting Services Recruitment Notices/Samoa. The ADB project officer is Carol Litwin, Senior Economist, Pacific Operations Division, Asian Development Bank, P.O. Box 789, 0980 Manila, Philippines; (63) 2-6326114; E-mail: clitwin@adb.org.

In separate announcement, ADB said Samoa’s Ministry of Finance awarded a contract to PA Consulting Group Ltd. of New Zealand and Bradford Brook Associates Ltd. of the United States. The US$782,580 contract is for advisory and operation consulting services to implement the national energy policy.

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