Latin bank seeks consultants to support Chile pilot ocean energy projects

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to support development of two pilot marine energy projects in Chile. Responses are due February 11.

Chile’s economic development agency also seeks proposals by April 8 to support a program of research and development of marine energy.

IADB has agreed to provide US$2.4 million in grant investments for two pilot programs, one to focus on tidal energy and the other on wave energy. Another US$550,000 is allotted for technical support to implement the pilots. Energy officials of Chile and the United States agreed in 2009 to cooperate to advance non-conventional renewable energy including ocean energy.

IADB seeks a consultant to describe the current situation in Chile and identify the components of the “value chain” in the marine energy sector, including services, shipyards and ports, shipping companies, installation companies, electrical infrastructure, geotechnical companies and other sectors. The consultant is to identify barriers and weaknesses in the value chain, propose solutions and estimate costs for key services to marine energy projects.

Expressions of interest in Spanish, not to exceed 10 pages, are due by 5:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, February 11 via the IADB’s e-Sourcing site on the Internet, https://enet.iadb.org/BidderWeb/signOn.aspx.

For information contact Inter-American Development Bank, CCS Division, Apoyo a Proyectos Piloto de Energia Marina en el Sur de Chile, Attn.: Angelo Eduardo Angel Gomez, 1300 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20577; (1) 202-623-1928; Fax: (1) 202-623-1579; E-mail: angeloa@contractual.iadb.org; Internet: www.iadb.org.

Chile seeks participation in marine energy research, development

Chile’s economic development agency seeks proposals to support a program of research and development of marine energy in Chile. Proposals are due April 8.

Corporacion de Fomento de la Produccion (CORFO) seeks to establish centers of excellence in R&D for international research and development activities, technology transfer and commercialization in the area of marine energy. The program is geared to international entities such as companies, institutions, universities and others to conduct research and development.

CORFO noted an IADB study found Chile’s conditions for development of marine energy are among the most favorable in the world with more than 4,000 kilometers of coast open to the Pacific Ocean and high estimated wave and tide energy values.

The R&D program is to provide support for implementation and operation of an international center of excellence in marine energy R&D with co-financing of US$13 million over eight years.

Applications to participate are due by 1 p.m. April 8 via the CORFO Internet site under http://www.corfo.cl/programas-y-concursos/programas/atraccion-de-centros-de-excelencia-internacional-de-id-en-energia-de-los-mares. See the website for information in Spanish and English.

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