European bank seeks renewables expert for Bulgaria

The European Investment Bank (EIB) seeks bids for an independent energy expert to assist its energy efficiency and renewable energy program in Bulgaria. Bids are due March 23.

EIB said it has established an Energy Facility dedicated to financing small and medium-sized energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Bulgaria. The Energy Facility is to be combined with grant financing from the support fund for decommissioning Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

EIB said each project will require preparation of a project plan that describes objectives of the project, confirms its eligibility, and justifies the use of money from the Kozloduy decommissioning fund. After implementation of each project, the independent energy expert is to validate the results against the project plan to allow release of grant money.

The bank said the total number and size of projects to be financed under the facility are expected to be 20 to 50 ranging from 400,000 euros to 1 million euros (US$523,080 to US$1.3 million).

The framework agreement for the independent energy expert is for three years at an estimated value of 400,000 euros to 750,000 euros (US$523,080 to US$980,775).

Last year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) similarly recruited an independent energy expert for the energy efficiency and renewables program aimed at helping to replace capacity lost by decommissioning Kozloduy. (HNN 8/28/06) Eligible renewable energy projects included small run-of-river hydropower, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal investments.

Tender documents may be obtained from the address below. Expressions of interest, in English or French, are due by 11:59 p.m. March 23. For information, contact Associate Director Paulucci de Calboli, Purchasing and Administrative Services Division, European Investment Bank, 100 Boulevard Konrad Adenauer, L-2950 Luxembourg; (352) 4379-1; Fax: (352) 437704; E-mail: bei.asa.@bei.org; Internet: www.eib.org.

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