Consultants sought for S.E. Europe renewables program

Consultants are invited to submit applications for pre-qualification to implement or monitor a renewable energy and energy efficiency program for Southeast Europe that includes small hydropower. Responses are due by September 18.

With funding from the German government, Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) is administering the Regional Facility for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Southeast Europe.

The 30-month first phase of the program, focused almost entirely on Serbia, is to include a loan facility providing 8.5 million euros (US$10.8 million) for investments and 1.5 million euros (US$1.9 million) for technical assistance. Investments could be as small as installation of energy saving lamps or as large as small hydropower plants or replacement of boilers and outdated machinery.

Investments in neighboring Montenegro are to be provided under a separate program not included in the current invitation. Additionally, a subsequent phase of the Serbia program could be extended to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

KfW invites applications for pre-qualification to serve as a program consultant who would be in charge of implementing the program, or as a monitoring consultant, charged with auditing the implementation.

Documents may be obtained from the address below. Applications for pre-qualification are due by 10 a.m. September 18. KfW expects to invite bids from three or four pre-qualified firms by October 16.

For information, contact KfW, Palmengartenstrasse 5-9 D-60325 Frankfurt Am Main, Germany; (49) 69-74312400; Fax: (49) 69-74313106; E-mail: vergabestelle@kfw.de; Internet: www.kfw.de.

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