Bank seeks small hydro projects design review on Bosnia’s Neretva River

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to review preliminary design of small hydro projects proposed for the Upper Neretva River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Responses are due July 25.

Under the bank’s Renewable Energy in the Western Balkans program, the institution recruited consultants in 2012 to train financial institutions in project financing for small hydropower projects in western Balkans countries. Under the renewable energy program, the bank’s International Finance Corp. recently signed a cooperation agreement to support development of small hydro projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The bank said Bosnia seeks a review of technical documentation of the proposed Upper Neretva River hydropower system. Hydro projects already in the Neretva Basin include 161-MW Rama Dam on the tributary Rama River and 35-MW Ulog, being built on the Neretva.

Preliminary design has been developed for three small hydro projects on the Upper Neretva while project documentation for the remaining river stretch subject to concession contract is still in the development phase.

The World Bank currently seeks consultants to prepare a final audited report for each small hydro project and to develop a knowledge sharing tool analyzing best practices and common small hydro project design flaws identified during preliminary design review.

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

Expressions of interest are due July 25, 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. 1112728.

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