Bank seeks Drina River control, management, including hydro, in Balkans

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to support water resources management in the Drina River Basin of the Balkans. Responses are due April 8.

The bank is funding a study to support water management authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia in preparation of the Drina River Basin Management Plan and an investment prioritization framework. Last year the World Bank recruited consultants to train financial institutions in project financing for small hydropower projects in western Balkans countries.

In 2012, German utility RWE and Serbian utility Elektroprivreda Srbije agreed to develop about 920 MW of hydroelectric capacity along the Drina and Danube rivers. In 2011, the government of the Bosnian Serb republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina courted strategic partners for hydroelectric development of the Upper Drina River on the border of Bosnia and Herzgovina and Serbia.

The current solicitation is for consultants to support more effective water resources management in the Drina Basin with special focus on flood and drought mitigation, hydropower, and environmental management, within the framework of integrated water resource management. Goals include enhanced coordination in the basin across sectors and countries.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are due April 8, electronically via the World Bank’s eConsultant2 Internet site, https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html. A solicitation notice is available on the website under Business Opportunities, Selection No. 1099991.

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