European bank seeks consultants for Ukraine renewables program

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help develop a renewable energy project pipeline, including hydropower, in the Ukraine. Responses are due December 17.

EBRD said it seeks to develop an initial pipeline of renewables projects to be considered for financing. It said it received approval of the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility for a grant of US$8.45 million to help create markets for renewable power in the Ukraine.

EBRD also is establishing a direct lending facility to finance small renewables projects in the Ukraine up to 10 million euros (US$13.3 million) per project. The bank said it will consider any renewable energy project meeting sound banking criteria in the hydro, wind, biomass, solar, or geothermal sectors.

With a budget of 199,000 euros (US$265,590), EBRD seeks consultants to establish a pipeline of renewable energy projects, outline commercial agreements and suggested terms, and identify institutional measures necessary for commercial agreements. The work is expected to begin in January 2009 and last for six months.

Consultants are invited to submit expressions of interest, in English, not to exceed 30 pages including resumes. The expression of interest must be accompanied by a completed Contact Sheet that may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site at www.ebrd.com/oppor/procure/opps/contact_sheet.doc.

Expressions of interest are due December 17, submitted electronically via EBRD’s eSelection site on the Internet at https://eselection.ebrd.com. For information, contact Olena Kolodiy, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN United Kingdom; (44) 20-73386765; Fax: (44) 20-73387451; E-mail: kolodiyo@ebrd.com; Internet: www.ebrd.com.

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