European bank seeks consultants for Tajikistan’s hydro-rich power sector

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help restructure Tajikistan’s hydro-rich electricity sector. Responses are due February 26.

“Tajikistan’s electricity sector is one of the main contributors to the country’s economy and has huge development potential, in particular in hydropower,” EBRD said.

Utility Barki Tojik Joint Stock Holding Co. is recruiting consultants in March to oversee refurbishment of Tajikistan’s 240-MW Golovnaya hydropower project. The Ministry of Energy and Industry said last year a mixture of domestic and foreign investment would fund construction of six small hydro projects in the Gorno-Badakhsha Region. The Asian Development Bank granted US$122 million to expand and modernize Tajikistan’s transmission system to help boost energy trading with neighboring countries.

EBRD seeks consultants to help the bank and Barki Tojik implement Phase 1 of the EBRD/Tajikistan Energy Sector Regulatory Development Program. Work is to include: helping strengthen technical capacity of sector officials by identifying international best practices; providing support to sector officials in examining necessary legal and institutional changes; and preparing a regulatory implementation plan to address sector regulatory deficiencies. The consultant also is to help design and implement workable interim measures to advance tariff setting.

The work is expected to require 20 weeks at a cost of 109,952 euros (US$149,494).

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 are due February 26, via EBRD’s eSelection website, https://eselection.ebrd.com/suite. For information, contact Jenny Scheffel, Adviser, Technical Cooperation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange St., London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73387088; E-mail: scheffej@ebrd.com.

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