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Mongolia: Desert Solar Power Project - Lenders' Technical and Environmental Advisor

 | Published October 19, 2016  -  Deadline November 2, 2016

Project Description: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") and other potential lenders (collectively the Lenders)are considering financing the development, construction and operation of a 30MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located 460km southeast of Ulaanbaatar (UB) near the city of Sainshand at the border of the Gobi desert (the Project). The Project site measures approximately 714,000sqm and will be connected to one of the ends of the central grid through an existing 35/110 kV substation located 3km from the project site.

Assignment Description: EBRD intends to engage a consultant to advise the Lenders in relation to (i) technical and (ii) environmental, health and safety and social (“EHSS”) aspects of the Project with the scope of work described below. A non-exhaustive list of the technical and EHSS aspects the Consultant is expected to address is in Annexes 2 (technical) and 3 (EHSS), as further described below.

Please see detailed Terms of Reference for the Assignment.

Assignment Duration: Phase 1 Technical Due Diligence and Financial Close Support is tentatively expected to last up to 8 months; Phase 2 Construction monitoring is expected to last 9 months; and Phase 3 Operations Monitoring shall comprise of semi-annual visits during the first year of operation and one annual visit following the second year of operation.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment for all three Phases: EUR 200,000; 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: EBRD budget.

Eligibility: There are no consultant nationality eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:

In addition to appropriate experience with solar projects, the Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with appropriate experience acting as a technical advisor to power projects in Mongolia, and a deep demonstrable expertise in and understanding of the Mongolian grid and challenges of integrating renewable energy into the Mongolian grid.

The Consultant’s team is expected to include the following Key experts, both internationals and locals:

i) A Team Leader who will be responsible to coordinate tasks and activities and liaise with the EBRD and the Company. The Team Leader will be an engineer with at least 10 years professional experience in the engineering design and construction of PV projects;

ii) A Senior Project Engineer with approximately 10 years of experience in the project management of construction of PV projects and project cost estimations with very good knowledge of the recent EPC and O&M contracts market conditions;

iii) Other key experts, such as civil, mechanical, electrical and environment engineers with approximately 5 years of experience in design and operation of the main and auxiliary systems of PV projects;

iv) Environment, Health and Safety Specialist with approximately 5 years of experience assessing projects against EBRD and/or other IFI requirements.

v) Social Specialist with approximately 5 years of experience assessing projects against EBRD and/or other IFI requirements, preferably with project experience in Mongolia and/or the region; and

vi) A Technical Expert with an engineering degree and with approximately 5 years’ experience in solar farm and solar energy yield assessment.

Submission Requirements: Interested consultants are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms 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. Proposed work plan and methodology.

4. 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.

5. Financial Proposal in the format provided, broken down separately into Technical and Environmental components and Phase 1,2 & 3.

6. 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 the Consultant Declaration Form 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). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Larissa Gosling

Technical Co-operation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

One Exchange Square

London EC2A 2JN

Tel: + 44 20 7338 6338


(submissions should be sent through eSelection and NOT to this email address)


1. The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification. The highest-ranked consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract.

2. The evaluation criteria are:

a) Consultant's Experience in similar assignments (15%)

b) Consultant's experience in the power sector in Mongolia (35%)

c) Qualification and experience of Key experts proposed (15%)

d) Proposed work plan and methodology (10%)

e) Financial proposal – total price (25%).

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