Bank renews call for Tajikistan hydropower climate program for 126-MW Kayrakkum rehab project

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to help utility Barki Tojik strengthen the climate resilience of Tajikistan’s hydropower assets and operations. Responses are due February 23.

EBRD and other donors last year approved US$75 million in funding for the first phase of modernization of the 126-MW Kayrakkum hydroelectric project (also spelled Kairakkum or Qairokkum). Barki Tojik also recruited consultants to provide basic engineering and design, and project implementation consulting for rehabilitation of Kayrakkum on Tajikistan’s Syr Darya River.

The bank issued a similar solicitation last year to help Barki Tojik build its capacity to manage the effects of climate change on its hydropower system.

In order to address climate change issues, EBRD integrated detailed analysis of climate change effects into the preparation and design of the Kayrakkum investment. It said Tajikistan is vulnerable to climate change due to his critical glacial hydrology and the fact that 98 percent of its electricity comes from hydropower.

EBRD said upgrades to Tajik hydroelectric facilities are urgently needed to avoid the risk of major technical failures but the nation’s hydropower industry has had no exposure to improved practices for assessing and managing climate change risks to hydropower operations.

As part of the Kayrakkum rehabilitation project, the bank invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to provide technical support to Barki Tojik. The work is expected to require 24 months with a budget of US$998,770.

The consultant group must include a hydropower operator from one of the nearly 35 developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with extensive experience in assessing and managing climate change risks to hydro operations. The team also must include an international project manager, hydropower engineer, climate change expert and senior hydrologist.

Expressions of interest, in English, are to include a completed consultant declaration and contact sheet using a form from the EBRD Internet site under http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. Responses are not to exceed 25 pages and should be in one file not to exceed 4 megabytes to be submitted via EBRD’s eSelection website at https://eselection.ebrd.com/suite/apps.

Expressions of interest are due by 11:59 p.m., London time, February 23. For information, contact Larissa Gosling, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73386338; Fax: (44) 20-73387451; E-mail: goslingl@ebrd.com.

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