Consultants sought to advance Brazil small hydro

Small hydropower specialists at the education and research foundation of Itajuba seek expressions of interest from consultants to help develop a Small Hydropower Generation Project Pipeline to advance small hydro in Brazil. Responses are due November 9.

The Fundacao Apoio ao Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensao de Itajuba received funding for the program from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), through Brazil’s Centro Nacional de Referencia em Pequenos Aproveitamentos Hidroenergeticos (CERPCH). Consultants also were recruited in 2006 to improve and further develop CERPCH’s existing small hydro project pipeline. (HNN 4/11/06)

CERPCH now seeks consultants to further develop the pipeline, help it work with private investors and public entities, and develop technical terms and conditions necessary for project implementation. Over six months, the consultant is to review the existing pipeline and work with potential developers to advance a series of projects closer to conclusion.

Financial options to be considered are loans to the public or private sectors through IADB or the Inter-American Investment Corp. focusing on achieving commercial success and diversifying risk to investors.

Consultants may address questions through November 2 by e-mail to Emilio Sawada, IADB, at the address below, with copies to Camilo Lopez and Luciano Schweizer at the addresses below. Terms of reference may be obtained by request to Lopez.

Expressions of interest of no more than ten pages, in English or Portuguese, are due November 9 by e-mail to the addresses below. IADB is to short-list six firms that will be invited in November to present technical and economic proposals.

For information, contact Fundacao Apoio ao Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensao de Itajuba, Centro Nacional de Referencia em Pequenos Aproveitamentos Hidroenergeticos, Emilio Sawada, E-mail: emilios@iadb.org; Camilo Lopez, E-mail: camilol@iadb.org; Luciano Schweizer, E-mail: lucianos@iadb.org.

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