Bank seeks consultant to promote Morocco renewables

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to help Morocco promote renewable energy sources. Responses are due January 30.

The North African nation hopes to generate a fifth of its power from renewable sources, including new hydropower, by 2012 to reduce its reliance on costly energy imports. (HNN 7/26/06) The government has identified 200 new hydropower sites, and forest-fed biomass could become an important contributor, in addition to wind and solar power.

The government plans to restructure and expand the mandate of the existing Center for the Development of Renewable Energy. It also plans to develop two financing institutions in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The World Bank said the current solicitation includes development of an organizational chart, business plan, and budget for the new agency, plus staff evaluations and training. It also includes establishment of detailed operating organizations for the financing institutions. The work is expected to take four months.

The consultant is to report directly to the World Bank and, on technical issues, to a government steering group headed by the Ministry of Energy and Mining.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, including a capacity to operate in French and possibly Arabic, are due January 30 by delivery or by e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Pierre Audinet, World Bank, Room H 9-139, MNSSD, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington DC 20433 U.S.A.; (1) 202-473-7485; Fax: (1) 202-614-4022; E-mail: paudinet@worldbank.org, cc: mhamaide@worldbank.org and sparientedavid@worldbank.org.

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