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Egypt: Cairo Metro Line 1 Modernisation Phase 1

 | Published October 6, 2016  -  Deadline November 3, 2016

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") aims at providing finance of up to EUR 200 million to the Ministry of Transport represented by National Authority for Tunnels ("NAT" or the "Client") for the planned upgrade of Cairo Metro Line 1 works, including electromechanical, telecommunications, signalling, centralised control, track and civil works (the "Project").

Assignment Description: The Bank now intends to engage a consulting company (the "Consultant") to conduct the due diligence of the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects of the Project (the "Assignment").

The expected outcome of the Assignment is a due diligence on the basis of which the Bank has sufficient information to decide on the proposed investment and 1) to prepare a comprehensive due diligence of the proposed investment and procurement strategy, including review of any design gaps as needed, 2) review of maintenance requirements and asset management practices for Line 1, 3) prepare an economic and financial appraisal of the project according to a recognised international standard; and 4) identify and assess the potentially significant existing and future adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the Client’s current operations and the proposed Project, assess compliance with applicable laws and the EBRD ESP and PRs, determine the measures needed to prevent or minimise and mitigate the adverse impacts, and identify potential environmental and social opportunities, including those that would improve the environmental and social sustainability of the Project and/or the associated current operations.

The selected Consultant will provide the following tasks:

1) Technical / economic due diligence
The Consultant will provide support to the Bank during the due diligence. This support will include:
• prepare the business case for the project (rationale and benefits), including review of cost estimates;
• review design and tender documents to ensure compatibility with relevant design standards and operational requirements; identify any possible needed additionalities for project design and/or works contract scoping;
• perform an economic and financial assessment (Internal Rate of Return (IRR)) for the Project, including the definition of a 'do nothing' scenario and preparation of a proper financial model;
• perform an emissions benefit assessment (including modal shift benefits) and an energy audit to determine energy efficiency savings as a result of the project;
• review existing asset management practices for Line 1 and recommend possible improvements.

2) Environmental and social analysis
The assessment process will be commensurate with, and proportional to, the potential impacts and issues of the Project and the Client’s existing operations. The assessment will cover, in an integrated way, all relevant direct and indirect environmental and social impacts and issues of the Client’s operations, the Project and the relevant stages of the project cycle (e.g. pre-construction, construction, operation, and decommissioning or closure and reinstatement).

The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) will also determine whether further studies are required, focusing on specific risks and impacts, such as climate change, human rights and / or gender.

The Environmental and Social Audit is required to assess the Client’s current operations in terms of compliance with national legislation, national or local permitting requirements, the relevant provisions of the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy and Performance Requirements (2014) and pertinent EU environmental standards. Further, the audit must review possible historical environmental and social issues, such as potential contamination of soil and/or groundwater or land acquisition disputes.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q4, 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 225,000; exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: It is expected that the Assignment will be funded by the EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund. Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with 10 years or more previous project experience related to:
- Construction and rehabilitation of rail-based systems (rail, metro and Light Rail Transit); and
- Urban metro schemes.
The Consultant shall further have previous project experience in Egypt and the MENA region.
The Consultant's expert team is expected to include key experts as follows: (key team members, to be complemented as appropriate):

• Team Leader - Project Management specialist, with technical or transport planner background;
• Technical Experts for Metro Infrastructure, Systems and Operations, experts with preferably 12 years of sector experience, of which 5 years in similar position and extensive knowledge of metro design and construction, contracting procedures and standards (e.g. EPC, DBOM contracts) and integration/interface issues (power, communication, signalling, Monitoring & Evaluation systems, permanent way, automated fare collection, rolling stock etc.). Consultants should present several experts to achieve full coverage of all required areas (we could expect around 4 experts - including civils; power; systems-communication; rolling stock);
• Transport Planner/Economist, expert with preferably 12 years of experience, in particular in urban transport demand forecast and economic assessment;
• Management accountant, with experience in corporate accounting (for asset management assessment);
• Environmental and Social (E&S) Project manager: a consultant with experience in managing ESIAs and E&S due diligence audits in the EBRD’s countries of operations, with excellent communication skills;
• Environmental specialist with experience in ESIAs and Environmental and Social due diligence audits in the transport industry;
• Health and safety specialist with experience in the transport industry;
• Social specialist(s) with experience in the host country, including public consultation in the local context, gender expertise, and/or resettlement expertise, as required.

The team shall include sufficient local-based staff in key and/or support positions to ensure local responsiveness and language ability.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be shortlisted for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
The above information should not exceed 20 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file.

Bank Contact Person:
James Yoo
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6369
E-mail: (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)

Important Notes: This is a "Selection from Shortlist" process in accordance with the EBRD Procurement Policies and Rules. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

2. The shortlist criteria are:
a) Firm's previous project experience in construction and rehabilitation of rail-based systems (rail, metro and LRT) preferably over the past 10 years (20%);
b) Firm's previous project experience in urban metro schemes preferably over the past 10 years (15%);
c) Firm's previous project experience in Egypt and the region (15%);
d) CV of Key Experts (50%).

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