European bank seeks renewables plan for Bulgaria

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a renewable energy action plan for Bulgaria including small hydropower. Responses are due January 13, 2009.

EBRD said in May it plans to leverage investments up to 15 billion euros (US$20.8 billion) in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects over the next three years in several countries. (HydroWorld 5/29/09)

Funding for the current solicitation is expected to be provided by Portugal as part of the EBRD’s donor-funded Technical Cooperation Funds Program. As a result, EBRD seeks expressions of interest from Portuguese firms to perform the work. Up to 30 percent of the 200,000 euro (US$287,000) budget may be used for Bulgarian consultants.

The work includes development of a Renewable Energy Action Plan to be submitted for adoption by the European Commission. The plan must outline a path to final mandatory renewable energy targets for Bulgaria, including likely costs, support schemes, and reinforcement of the grid infrastructure to handle renewables.

The five-month assignment is expected to begin in January 2010.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the EBRD Internet site, www.ebrd.com/oppor/procure/opps/consult/28633.htm.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English and not exceeding 30 pages, are due by January 13, submitted electronically via the EBRD eSelection Internet site, https://eselection.ebrd.com/suite. For information, contact Cyril Korsak, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (44) 20-73386467; Fax: (44) 20-73387451; E-mail: korsakc@ebrd.com; Internet: www.ebrd.com.

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