Enhancement of Registry of Small Rivers for Small Hydropower Projects Potential of up to 10 MW
| Published October 23, 2015 - Deadline November 10, 2015
Notice Amended on 28 October 2015 (submission deadline extended) and 30 October 2015. Consultants to note as follows:
An information session in relation to this Assignment will be held in Prague on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. All shortlisted consultants will be invited to attend. Full details will be provided to shortlisted consultants together with the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) package.
The Assignment is time-sensitive. RFP is expected to be launched on 20 November 2015 with deadline for submission of proposals on 21 December 2015.
Background: According to the Montenegrin Energy Law all hydropower plants below 10 MW of installed capacity are considered to be small hydropower plants (“SHPPs”). The installed capacity of ten existing small hydropower plants amounts to 10.5 MW with an average annual production of about 25 GWh. In 2014 the Government signed concessions agreements for the construction of additional ten small hydro power plants with total installed capacity of 23,324 MW and projected annual production of 86.289 GWh. Montenegro has relatively abundant water resources given its relatively small size. Although two large hydropower plants produce 76 percent of electricity in the country, the total energy they produce (1,800 GWh) is only about 18 percent of the total hydropower potential. In case of SHPPs the utilisation of the potential is even lower. The Ministry of Economy of Montenegro (the “Ministry”) is aware of the high unutilised potential and promotes utilisation of hydropower potential through issuing concessions for SHPPs.
During 2011 and 2012 the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) provided technical assistance to Montenegro to develop a Small Hydro Power Registry for Northern Part of Montenegro concentrating on small water streams with a potential installed output of up to 1 MW. This initial study led to 8 new SHPP being planned for construction, with two operational by the end of 2014. The Bank has now received a new request to support an enhancement of the Registry for the SHPPs of installed output between 1 and 10 MW in the territory of Central and Northern Montenegro.
Assignment Description: The EBRD intends to engage a consultancy firm (the “Consultant”) to assist in Enhancement of the Registry of Small Rivers in Central and Northern Montenegro to Cover Small Hydropower Potential of up to 10 MW (the “Assignment”). The Assignment will provide the EBRD, the Ministry of Economy, local municipalities and potential investment project sponsors with a fundamental decision making document that explains the possible methods of addressing the future use of hydropower potential on the territory of Montenegro and individual municipalities.
The Consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:
· Identify water streams in the area of interest
§ Identify the water streams at municipality level.
§ Identify water streams on the territory of listed Municipalities that meet the eligibility criteria of the Montenegrin Energy Law.
§ Identify potential conflicts with the existing or potential users of the same space and/or same water stream, and define the potential water streams suitability for using hydro energy.
§ Identify potential conflicts with environmental regulations relevant to individual water streams. The assessment of potential sites shall include an identification of environmentally and socially sensitive areas that must be excluded from the registry. The selection of potential sites shall take into account the objectives of the applicable EU directive (in particular the water framework directive and the habitats directive).
§ Determine the basic parameters of hydro-graphic and physical-geographic characteristics of the catchment areas of potential water streams at municipality level.
§ Connect characteristics of the catchment areas with water stream GIS layer of Montenegro.
§ Investigate the effect of international obligations in regard to boundary water flows (if relevant).
§ Assess the compliance with the EBRD Eligibility Criteria for Small Hydro Power Projects, including a description of the conditions for the environmental and social acceptability of the selected sites.
· Develop the hydrological study of identified streams
§ Based on basic hydro-graphic and physical-geographic characteristics of catchment areas, determine the longitudinal profile of the water stream, hypsometric curve of the related catchment areas and other relevant physical characteristics of the water streams.
§ Conduct 6 three-monthly direct hydrometric measurements of water flow rates and water level measurement by limnigraph (18 months in total) at identified locations.
§ Compare measured results with results of previous measurements of the same water streams or other relevant water stream if such data are available.
§ Calculate the correlation of the measured flow locations on listed rivers with the nearest long-time flow measurements prepared by ZHMS.
§ Calculate the flow duration curves of the locations, using data obtained from measurements taken as part of this assignment.
· Determine the location for SHPP(s) on identified rivers and implementation of gathered data into the existing Registry
§ Based on the database of rivers at municipal level and the flow duration curves for these rivers, conduct desk review of the available geological/geomorphological data of terrain where small hydro power plants could be constructed.
§ Preliminarily define the SHPPs and water intakes locations on identified rivers.
§ Preliminarily calculate the installed power and energy production of potential SHPPs.
§ Assess the available infrastructure for each potential SHHP location (road access, distance from the nearest power grid connection point etc.)
§ Calculate the economic data of selected SHPPs.
§ Implement gathered data into the existing Registry.
· To disseminate the results of the assignment.
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in February 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 30 months.
Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 625,550.00 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding.
The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank 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: Czech Republic ODA TC Fund
Eligibility: Consultancy firms shall be registered in the Czech Republic. However, up to a maximum of 35% of the contract budget may be used to finance services of local partners who are:
- individual experts and nationals of Montenegro, and/or
- permanent employees of consultancy firms registered in Montenegro.
Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms preferably with the following expertise:
1. Project advisory works, particularly in the field of hydropower energy
2. Implementation of assignments in similar regulatory and climactic environment
Eligible firms are strongly encouraged to associate with experienced local partner(s) with relevant expertise in the field of hydropower energy.
The Consultant’s t team is require to include key experts as follows:
A Project Manager preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) extensive expertise in managing projects; b) proven expertise in project implementation planning (can also cover one of the expertise listed below); and c) language skills (must be fluent in spoken and written English, while knowledge of local language would be advantageous).
Geologist/geotechnical engineer preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) relevant engineering education; b) proven expertise, experience in Montenegro will be advantage; and c) language skills (at least good English language skills, while knowledge of local language would be an advantage),
Hydrologist specialist preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) relevant engineering education; b) proven expertise, experience in Montenegro will be advantage; and c) language skills (at least good English language skills, while knowledge of local language would be advantageous),
Financial/economic expert preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) relevant economic/technical education; b) proven expertise in assessment of investment projects,; and c) language skills (at least good English language skills)
Environmental/social expert preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) relevant engineering/environmental education b) proven experience in hydropower assessment in the Balkans; and c) language skills (at least good English language skills, while knowledge of local language would be an advantage)
Power/mechanical engineer preferably with 10 years of previous experience and a) relevant technical education ; b) proven expertise in with hydropower plants design/operation; and c) language skills (at least good English language skills);
IT/GIS expert preferably with 5 years of previous experience and a) relevant technical education; proven experience with the design, implementation and operation of web-based information, database systems and GIS and providing IT support, and c) language skills (must be fluent in spoken and written English, while knowledge of local language would be advantageous).
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
- Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-3 pages);
- Details of previous project experience or similar assignments 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;
- A table in landscape format listing the proposed experts, their position in the project, area of expertise, years of relevant professional experience, level of language skills (English and other languages relevant to the country)..
- CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, preferably undertaken in the previous ten (or five for the IT expert) years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), experts months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives;
- Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
The above information should not exceed 15 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.
Up to 2 electronic files (containing all references, CVs and the signed Contact Sheet) shall be uploaded to eSelection in PDF or Microsoft Word (searcheable formats rather than low resolution scans, with page numbers). The size of each file must not exceed 4MB. The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than two files.
Expressions of Interest shall be submitted, in English, electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date.
Bank Contact Persons:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7123
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
2. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
- Firm's experience in project advisory works in the field of hydropower energy, preferably in the Balkans, - 30%
- CVs of key experts team - 45%
- Local partner’s experience in the field of hydropower energy – 25%