Bank seeks reforestation study for 108-MW Dariali hydro project in Georgia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a technical assessment and feasibility study of a reforestation plan for the 108-MW Dariali hydroelectric project in Georgia. Responses are due August 4.

JSC Dariali Energy, a U.S.-Georgia joint venture, plans to invest US$135 million in the Dariali project on the Tergi River in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region. Dariali, then estimated at 50 MW, was among 78 small and medium-sized hydropower projects that Georgia’s Ministry of Energy offered to investors on a build-own-operate basis in 2008. The World Bank approved financing in May of US$60 million to help develop Georgia’s hydropower sector.

Mountains in the Dariali project area have been deforested in previous centuries. The population and pressure on land use is low so the potential for reforestation is high, EBRD said.

Consultants would perform data collection and technical assessment; assess feasibility of reforestation including environmental and social risks and benefits; engage stakeholders and determine institutional and legal feasibility; and deliver a cost-effective reforestation program that Dariali Energy could implement from its own funds. The work would require 12 months beginning in September at a cost of 200,000 euros (US$296,326).

With financing from the Austrian Technical Assistance Cooperation Fund, EBRD invites expressions of interest from consulting firms registered in Austria employing Austrian nationals. A maximum of 35 percent of the contract amount may be used for services of domestic experts who are nationals of Georgia or consultancy firms registered in Georgia.

Consultant declaration forms may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site under http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc. Expressions of interest in English, of no more than 25 pages including the declaration form, are due August 4, via EBRD’s eSelection website, https://eselection.ebrd.com/suite.

For information, contact James Yoo, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73386369; E-mail: yooj@ebrd.com.

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