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Request for Expression of Interest

Consulting services

for feedback consultations on the final report on environmental and social impact assessment of the rehabilitation of the Nurek Hydropower Plant Republic of Tajikistan

Project Preparation Advance for Winter Energy Project

OSHC “Barqi Tojik”



Open Stock Holding Company "Barqi Tojik" is state-owned national energy company of the Republic of Tajikistan, located in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. The main purpose of OSHC "Barqi Tojik" is generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric and heat power primarily in the local market in Tajikistan. It deals with issues of Republican power stations and networks operation, the generation, transmission, distribution and realization of electric and heat energy in the state.

The Nurek HPP is located 80 km (by road) from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, in the Danghara and Yavan districts of Tajikistan. Nurek HPP is the key hydropower station currently operating in Tajikistan, more than 70% of the total generation is currently supplied by Nurek HPP. It was constructed between 1961 and 1979, with an aggregate installed capacity of 2,700 MW from nine Francis turbine-generator units. The generator rated capacity was upgraded in 1988, which ensured a total installed capacity of 3,000 MW. In the last years, the upper limit output recorded was not higher than 2,600-2,650 MW. Nurek HPP has nine generator units (8 x 335 MW + 1 x 320 MW). Six generators (G1 to G6) feed into the 500 kV level, and three generators (G7 to G9) into the 220 kV level.

Nurek HPP is the backbone for meeting the country’s energy demand, therefore its uninterrupted operation has a strategic role. However, after 40 years in service the facility is aging and needs major rehabilitation to preserve and increase its generation capacity. In this regard, with the support from the World Bank it was decided to conduct a Techno-Economic Assessment Study of Nurek HPP Rehabilitation and Dam Safety Provision (TEAS), to assess the technical status of the facility, identify rehabilitation needs, prepare cost estimates, and assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the rehabilitation. TEAS was completed in 2016. The TEAS carried out an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the project and prepared a draft report. The ESIA concluded that the project’s environmental and social impacts are limited in scope because the project involves rehabilitation of an existing facility and majority of the environmental impacts are limited to the construction site and are temporary and reversible in nature.

In 2016 OSHC “Barqi Tojik” by support of the engaged consultant has conducted the stakeholder consultations with the aim to prove information, obtain reactions and feedback to the environmental and social impacts and related issues of the Nurek HPP.

The objective of this consulting assignment is to conduct feedback consultations with the aim of informing the public/stakeholders that concerns, comments and recommendations received during the public consultations on the draft ESIA were addressed in the Final ESIA.

OSHC “Barqi Tojik” now invites eligible consulting companies to indicate their interest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested companies must provide information indicating that they are qualified to carry out the mentioned services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.).

Consulting company will be selected in accordance with the Consultant’s Qualifications Selection (CQS) procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011, revised July 2014) (“Consultant Guidelines”).

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraphs 1.9 and 1.11 of the World Bank’s Consultant Guidelines, setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest and eligibility. Consultants may associate with other consulting firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. All the members of the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire assignment.

The evaluation criterias are:

a) Specific experience of the consultants related to the assignment (30%)

b) Adequacy of the proposed methodology and work plan (30%)

c) Key professional staff qualifications and competence for the assignment (40%)

Interested companies may obtain further information at the address below during office hours 08:00 to 17:00 of local time from Monday to Friday. Expressions of interest must be delivered electronically to the email below, by 14:00 (Dushanbe local time) August 28, 2017.

Mr. Habibov Ubaidullo

Head of PRG

Energy Loss Reduction

OSHC Barqi Tojik

64, Somoni Street, Room 302,

Dushanbe 734026, Republic of Tajikistan

Fax: (+992-37) 235-87-64

E-mail: elrpbt@gmail.com

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