Consultants sought to guide southern Africa regional power trade

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to help national utility regulators in southern Africa adapt to regulation of large export-based hydroelectric projects being developed in the region. Responses are due July 20.

The World Bank and the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA) are interested in the implications of the development of large export-based projects on domestic electricity regulators in the region. (HNN 4/15/08)

Traditionally, the national regulators have an obligation to review terms and conditions of power purchases that will be used to supply captive domestic customers of state-owned utilities. The World Bank said development of new export-based projects raises questions of the role of utility regulators in balancing interests of domestic consumers and domestic and international investors.

The World Bank’s Africa Energy Unit and RERA are to supervise a consultant study that is to document how national regulators have dealt with such a situation in other regions and to propose guidelines aimed at promoting efficient, large-scale regional bulk power transactions in the Southern Africa Power Pool region.

The World Bank invites expressions of interest, in English, by July 20, electronically via the World Bank Group eConsultant Internet site, www.worldbank.org/wbgeconsultant.

A shortlist of qualified firms is to be invited to submit proposals. For information, contact Wendy E. Hughes, World Bank, Mozambique; (258) 21-482343; E-mail: whughes@worldbank.org, or Reto Thoenen, World Bank, Mozambique; (258) 21-482332; rthoenen@worldbank.org.

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