U.S. seeks consultants to help boost hydro investment in Georgia republic

The United States Agency for International Development seeks proposals from firms to help implement laws and regulations in the republic of Georgia governing water resources, facilitating investment in hydropower development and promoting energy trading between Georgia and neighboring countries. Responses are due March 25.

USAID and Georgia’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources signed a letter of intent in 2013 to promote private development of new hydropower construction by giving energy producers easier means of selling their power to Turkey and other regional markets. Georgia has untapped hydroelectric power estimated at 22 terawatt-hours annually. An Alstom-led consortium just received a contract to equip the 178.6-MW Shaukhevi hydropower project on Georgia’s Adjaristskali River.

USAID now seeks proposals to provide services under the Governing for Growth in Georgia program to support Georgia’s economic governance to improve the business enabling environment and water resources management and to establish an effective electricity trading policy. Work, to be performed through September 2018, is to include home office support, preparation and report writing for technical assistance assignments, conducting studies and tours, and training for beneficiaries.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. SOL11414000003 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by 2 p.m., Tbilisi time, March 25 to the address below by delivery or e-mail. For information, contact Jonathan Chappel, Contracting Officer, USAID/Caucacus, Regional Contracting Office, 11 George Balanchine St., Tbilisi 0131 Georgia; E-mail: rcocaucasus@usaid.gov, swiese@usaid.gov.

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