Water plan, including hydro, sought for Bosnia’s Vrbas Basin

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to update a water resources management plan, including a hydropower development study, for the Vrbas River Basin in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Responses are due May 17.

As executing agency for a trust fund of the government of Norway, the World Bank seeks preparation of the water resources management basis according to new laws and regulations of the federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska.

In 2008, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development recruited consultants for an environmental assessment and to help promote hydro projects on the Vrbas and Bosna rivers. (HydroWorld 4/18/08) Also that year, Bosnia’s Serb Republic government named Norwegian utility Statkraft its partner in the construction of hydropower plants on the Vrbas River that could cost up to 100 million euros (US$129 million). (HydroWorld 1/30/08)

The current solicitation comprises three modules:
o Module 1 – Water Resource Management, including river basin hydrologic assessment, institutional and legal assessment, hydrologic model development and calibration, and future hydrologic scenario development;
o Module 2 – Hydropower Development Study, including an updated inventory of projects and hydropower development study of sites on the Vrbas River and the tributary Ugar River; and
o Module 3 – Analysis and Evaluation of Options, including hydrologic analysis of water management development options, multi-criteria evaluation of development options, public consultations, proposal for the update to the water management basis, and training of counterparts.

Expressions of interest are due by May 17 via the World Bank’s consultant tendering site eConsult2, on the Internet at https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html. Without logging in, select Bidding Opportunities and search for “Work on the Vrbas River Integrated Water-Energy Development Study.”

For information, contact David Meerbach, World Bank, E-mail: dmeerbach@worldbank.org.

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