Consultants sought to help develop Rwanda micro-hydro projects

A unit of the World Bank invites expressions of interest from technical and legal consultants to help promote development of micro-hydropower projects by private developers in Rwanda. Responses to two solicitations are due May 2 and 3.

With funding from the World Bank, in 2011, the government of Rwanda recruited consultants to help develop a renewable energy strategy, to review feasibility studies of hydroelectric, gas, and peat-fueled projects, and to promote development of micro-hydropower in Rwanda.

In the current solicitations, the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. (IFC) Advisory Services in Public Private Partnerships invites consultants to support Rwanda’s development of micro-hydropower projects. Studies have identified 333 small hydro sites of from 20 kW to 1 MW that could total 100 MW. IFC studies have identified 20 sites in the north, south, and west that could be bundled into five lots and tendered for private sector development.

One solicitation seeks expressions of interest by May 2 from technical consultants to perform pre-feasibility technical studies of small hydro sites, including review of existing studies, field work, preparation of pre-feasibility level system designs, and preparation of a strategic options report.

A second solicitation seeks expressions of interest by May 3 from legal consultants to perform legal due diligence, prepare contractual and bidding documentation, and assist in the bidding process.

Consultants are invited to submit expressions of interest and qualifications to both solicitations, in English, with attachments of less than 5 megabytes. A short-list of firms is to be invited to submit proposals for each solicitation.

Expressions of interest are due May 2 or May 3, electronically via the World Bank’s eConsultant2 Internet site, https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html. The technical consultant solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Selection No. 1067956. The legal consultant solicitation notice is under Selection No. 1068364.

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Consultants sought for four-state India dam rehabilitation program

India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) invites expressions of interest from management and engineering consultants for a dam rehabilitation and improvement program in four states as well as strengthening of the agency’s dam safety operation.

The government of India has applied to the World Bank for a US$370 million loan for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, which is to include dam safety and rehabilitation works and institutional strengthening in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Orissa states. (HydroWorld 5/11/09) About 220 large dams in the states have substantial need for rehabilitation and improvements.

CWC seeks a management and consulting firm to: assist the Central Project Management Unit in management and implementation of the program; assist CWC with hydrological analysis, instrumentation, and design reviews of projects; provide independent supervision and quality control; and assist CWC and dam safety organizations in strengthening the central and state-level dam safety institutional set-up.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by June 21. For information, contact Project Director B.R.K. Pillai, Dam Safety (Rehabilitation) Directorate, Central Water Commission, Room 725 (A), Sewa Bhawan (North), R.K. Puram, New Delhi 110606 India; Tel/Fax: (91) 11-26192633; E-mail: dir-drip-cwc@nic.in.

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